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“Must do - worth the climb”

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.
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Must do - worth the climb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Worth the effort !!!

There is a total of 872 stairs - 491 stairs each way .

You must go all the way to the top to see exclamation point - stopping at the flagpole is really only half the attraction

Very well maintained stairs - so fairly easy to do if you do not have any health problems

Obvioulsly not suited for heart or lung problems

A must do !!!

Worth the 2 hour drive from the smokey's to do this - totally made the trip

Visited October 2013
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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“Nice but disapointed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I enjoyed the view from the chimney but was extremely tired when I got there. The elevators was out of order even though I seen a few people riding it. I think the price was right though I think there should've been a better discount since the tour for the waterfall was closed and the gift shop was high. But overall a great experience.

Visited October 2013
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear lynbrft,
We're sorry you had to deal with our elevator being out of service during a power upgrade project. I know the hike can be a lot, even exhausting, and you hung in there to reach the great views from the top! The few people you saw riding the elevator could have been the electricians working on it, as it was closed to the public during construction. The waterfall trail closure was unfortunate too, and they continue to do cleanup for it's scheduled 2014 reopening. Safe travels, and come see us again sometime.
Chimney Rock staff
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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Views.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Great view from all the main spots. The trail to the falls was closed because of a rock slide. Hope you like stairs, there are a lot of them, but it is well worth the effort. The grounds and stairs were very well maintained. Great view of Lake Lure. Don't stop at just the flagpole. Go all the way to the top. Will return and go again.

Visited October 2013
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Yes, we climbed to the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

On the day we were there, the elevator was out of order, owing to power problems we were told. We climbed all 491 steps to the top and the view over the surrounding countryside and Lake Lure was worth it.

I sometimes suffer from a fear of heights, but the steps were sturdy and well maintained, as were the barriers at the very top, so I felt fine. There are also plenty of resting places on the way up. Great sense of achievement to have done it under our own steam. On the way down, we passed a lady who looked to be in her late '70s climbing steadily upwards, so well done to her.

You can get a drink at the top in the snack bar, or the shop at the base of the steps sells cold drinks, postcards, gifts, etc.

We would have liked to do some of the other walks to look at the waterfall, but as we were on a tour we didn't have the time.

Visited September 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

An awesome place to see the beautiful sights of Lake Lure. Also great to see where "Last of the Mohicans" was filmed. Great gift shop also.

Visited June 2013
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