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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 May 8, 2009

I had geared up for a cool day hike at Chimney Rock. However, I was done hiking every trail they had in 2 hours. Not to mention, the best trails where closed. The views where nice, and if you aren't a "hiker" looking for adventure, then this may be the place, but I was extremely disappointed. I have hiked most of the AT in NC and those experienes where much better. If you are looking for a really commerical place, with high entrance fee, this is the place.

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Reviewed October 19, 2008

Been about ten years sence I've been there,
I use to keep a season Pass and would go on my days off.
A season pass is well worth the money.
Not only that ,It keep the wait off.
There are great views points and attractions in the town below.
But the shop at the top mostlt sell Chimney Rock junk.
Yet the small snack shop is very good.
I recommend the park to all my friends and people I meet traveling throuh the Carolinas.

Thank Tibiafinger
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Reviewed October 17, 2008

We visited Chimney Rock in October 2008 and had a very nice visit. This is a private park with expensive entrance fees ($14) but they do provide fantastic views and a good afternoon out. I agree this is not the destination for someone looking for backwoods solitary nature hikes - but I would think serious hikers would have figured that out. I do not see anything wrong with some parks providing asphalt trails, easy road grades, and yes, even an elevator if it provides access to such gorgeous views for someone unable to hike many steep miles into the back woods alone. I work with service dogs and the disabled and frankly am glad such a place exists for them - not everyone is fat and lazy!

We visited with our Bearded Collie (non service dog) on October 12, 2008 and he was warmly greeted at the gate with a dog biscuit. Our dog was not allowed in the elevator but gamely climbed all the steps to the top with us as well as the waterfall trail below. If you have a dog and do not feel he (or you) can make the climb, then at the moment you have only the 2 mi. hike to the waterfall available to you (perhaps a bit expensive for $14).

A special note: While the top was available for viewing, all the upper trails were closed for repairs (no reduction in your entrance fee). They informed me that trails could be closed for some time so CHECK WITH THE PARK before going. My hope is that they are replacing stairs with wood and not the open metal ones that our parks are going to - those are completely dog unfriendly!

2  Thank BeardieDog
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

Chimney Rock Park offers a variety of activities for visitors. The hiking trails provide different levels of difficulty for your needs/wants. The "big" hike takes you to the top of the mountain. There are many, many stairs you climb to reach the top, however, the view alone is worth the climb. If stairs sound unusual to you, you will realize that it is the best, if not the only way to reach the top. Climbing and descending these stairs is no small feat! The trails along the top of the mountain offer many spectacular views of the valley below, which includes Lake Lure. There are also vista points and streams to cool off in or picnic beside. There are activities for children other than hiking. (Always a plus) I think it is nice that the park offers leisurely trails in the woods below - and - that the rock itself is handicap accessible. An elevator built inside the mountain carries you to the top where you can see the "Chimney Rock" and take in the wondrous views.

3  Thank Traci B
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Reviewed April 14, 2008

If your legs can withstand the many, many somewhat rickety stairs it is worth a visit to climb all the way to exclaimation point. Chimney Rock Park is where many scenes from Last of the Mohicans were filmed. The trails are more than you could ask for as far as construction-for-safety goes, and the scenery and physical endurance are breath-taking.

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