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Chimney Rock State Park
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Owner description: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is an international outdoor destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, attracting visitors from around the world. Highlights include:- 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure- 404-foot waterfall, one of the highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River- The Last of the Mohicans scenes were filmed here, and Dirty Dancing was filmed in adjacent Lake Lure- ancient geologic formations- 198-foot tunnel & elevator inside the mountain- five scenic hiking trails- guided rock climbing & moreThe Park's modernized elevator offers a handicap-accessible 35-sec. ride to the iconic Chimney, an alternative to "nature's Ultimate Stairmaster," the Outcroppings trail. Chimney Rock has something for everyone from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure trail to the stunning Skyline trail to Exclamation Point. Recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic outdoor attractions, Chimney Rock is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC.
Reviewed July 25, 2012

This place is a little out of the way but then you do not get to see wildlife and views like this along the main roads. This is definitely worth a trip. Plan to spend a few hours a least to walk the trails.

Thank Innkeeper99
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

About 12 years ago a girlfriend brought me to this place and it was love at first sight, this place has a magical feeling, probably the mountains and the small town charm has won my heart, i have been to just about all the mountain towns between NC, GA, TN and VA and my heart always come back here. I have bought land not far away and hopefully will build in the next couple of years. It is beautiful all four seasons but the best time has to be in the fall when chimney rock and lake lure are covered with red, orange foliage, it is such a special time there.
Not to over the top just wanted to convey that this place is one of the jewels of North Carolina and a visit is well worth it.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I thought I put a review of this park up last year when I went. Maybe the State had it removed. This park used to be one of my main reasons to visit Asheville. The hike up to the top of the chimney on the old narrow stairs was great. And most of all was the full trail up top, along the ridge, and back down along the cliff walk. Needles Eye, the spiral staircase...all of it was a blast!!

Well in 2008 there was an accident at the park thats been open for nearly 80 years. And within a few short months the state of NC came in and closed 2 main hiking areas, Needles Eye and many other areas. Was a huge dissapointment when I showed up in the fall of 2011 to do my favorite hike and half the park was closed because the state deemed it unsafe.

If you want to hike the lower flat trail, save ur money and just hike around town near Lake Lure or Asheville. And if you want a view, then go up on the Blue Ridge Pkwy.

Hopefully at some point the state will realized they handled the situation with a knee jerk reaction by closing all of those trails and unique areas. Just not the same anymore and I won't be coming back on my next trip to Asheville this year.

1  Thank zkeeper
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ChimneyRockRob, Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2012

Dear zkeeper,
Thanks for sharing your feelings. You, like us, obviously care about the Park. Respectfully, we did want to clarify a couple of things. When the State of North Carolina bought the attraction in 2007 a thorough review of the entire Chimney Rock State Park was conducted to ensure that everything was built to state codes and could be maintained without adversely affecting the landscape. The closure of the upper trails was intended to be temporary while that review took place. It was determined that certain trails were too costly to maintain or bring up to state code and they were not re-opened. Having said that, the recently released Master Plan contains a reconfigured Skyline Trail that leads to an observation deck near the top of the waterfall. Also included is the possibility of a via ferrata on the old Cliff Trail site. These projects are just two of the many improvements you'll see at the Park in the coming years. Also included is on-site camping, more hiking trails, mountain biking and more. Check out that plan at www.chimneyrockpark.com/park/chimneyrockstatepark

And thanks again for your thoughts,
The Team at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Our family of five enjoyed about 5 hours at this park. If in the area, this is a must! We did it all....chimney rock, exclamation point, and the hike to the cool off water fall! We also saw devils head and sat in opera box! make sure the kids wear bathing suits under clothes as they can get in the waterfall! Beautiful and cool...nice treat after hiking all day.

Tips ...where comfortable shoes, bring water bottles to refill over and over at drinking fountains and some granola bars or easy snacks.

I would suggest taking elevator to chimney and then going higher to exclamation point. You can not even believe the 400 some steps to the chimney! Take them down, not up! On hike down, you can cut into trail to waterfall to save time....

Don't forget your camera....it is a site!

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

I have to try and stay unbiased about our visit here. My biggest negative has nothing to do with the park at all. It was just a scorching hot and humid day.

Every employee of the park we talked to we very knowledgeable and friendly. But you still are mostly on your own to explore and hike around.

I am sure I will leave somethings out but.. you really need to go to Chimney Rock peak and the waterfalls.

Thank BD_FDNY
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