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“Elevator out of order”

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 September 1, 2013

We just returned from a 2000+ miles vacation. One of the main attractions we had planned was to tour Chimney Rock State Park and view the area from the top of Chimney Rock. When we arrived at the park entrance, we were informed that the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock was not working. The park did discount the park entrance fee, and we did enjoy what we could see. We were traveling with my 70+ parents and had really looked forward to seeing everything from the top. My husband and I were only able to climb up 207 steps of the 400 +. Even at that level, it was beautiful.

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Dear Delighted33,
We are honored that you selected Chimney Rock as one of the top attractions to visit on such a long vacation. We also must apologize for the inconvenience of not having the elevator available for your parents. We understand some folks can't hike the stairs, and it saddens us to know they can't enjoy the view from the top. We hope to have the elevator back soon! In the meantime, at least there's a great view from the top parking lot with little-to-no walking required. Safe travels!
Sincerely,
Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Embarrassingly had not heard of Chimney Rock until whilst travelling in the area. Found a brochure in our hotel and decided to visit. Wow we were so pleased we did. What a fantastic place and makes you feel you really are standing on top of the world looking down. This should be one of the Wonders of the World. How did they ever manage to build the elevator. Our guide was superb and told us lots of local history. This is a must if you are in this area. One of those places that stays in your mind and makes you want to return. Also loved the small town you drive through to get here. Since returning to UK have done lots of research on Chimney Rock and so wish I knew this before visiting. I will return.

Thank Mavis B
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The views from all levels of the rock are awesome,on a clear day 30 to 40 miles.The elevator soon wisks you to the upper levels where there is a rather classy gift shop/reception area selling all the normal bits and pieces.From there out on to the rock is an easy walk but the top area is not for those suffering from vertigo,the views are fabulous and well worth the effort.During our visit the elevator broke down with many people still on the top,however the steps and walkways down could be managed by all so no harm was done.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Great park, absolutely gorgeous views from every spot of the rock. Many many steps to get to the different levels in the rock were you can actually sit and stay to take fabulous pictures but, it is worth the effort! Well maintained, clean. We were lucky enough to get to know a North Carolina hammered dulcimer player (John Mason), at the beginning of the park, near the souvenir store, who kindly talks to the people about this great musical instrument. Very interesting! We did not have the time to stop by the store; however, it looked pretty neat. Elevator was not functioning at the time we visited the park. Nevertheless, the views were wonderful every step of the way up! The route to get there is nice too! Highly recommended!

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Dear Angela_Travelers,
John Mason is one of our longtime favorite parts of Chimney Rock too! We're glad you enjoyed listening to him -- he's been coming here most days for over 20 years and is exceptional. Thanks for sharing about your recent visit.
Best,
Chimney Rock staff

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Ascending an elevator 20 stories through rock is pretty cool. Once atop the Rock, you will make your way to the tower itself where, on a clear day, should can see 30+ miles. This is no attraction for the weak-kneed or heights-fearful. The hiking trails are easy, though, and provide several hours of leisurely exploration of pine-scented forests and bubbling streams. The best feature is the huge waterfall hikers walk behind (inside) along slippery wet paths peering down to Chimney Rock Village below. Go on a weekday when kids are in school and the crowds are minimal.

Thank Gregory W
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