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Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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  • Stopping at Chimney Rock is an outstanding way to view one of the most important landmarks on the western trails. YES, It is out of the way, YES, There is a $3.00 fee, YES, You are unable to get very ...  read more »
  • This is an interesting formation with a small museum. I wouldn't make this a destination but it you're driving by, its worth a stop. Excellent if you're interested in the Oregon Trail. Be advised that...  read more »
  • At the visitor center has to be paid for entry including Museum/film $3 per person ($1 reduction with America the beautifil annual pass). The film gives a good insight into the history and also destinies of the first settlers who pushed westward for the Oregon - and although. Unfortunately you can not walk rock to the chimney, as is private. A stop worthwhile yet.
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  • Chimney Rock is one of the defining features of the Oregon Trail. It is not the largest, or even the most impressive feature along the route, but it is very distinctive, looking like an upside-down funnel on the edge of the plains. To take the metaphor further, it was a site that gave the pioneers “fuel” to continue at a point in their journey when they needed it, just by visually letting them know they were making progress. We arrived at the visitor center, not quite a mile to the east of the rock itself, after business hours, so I don’t know what’s inside. But the view from there is good and classic. However, we drove on a dirt road just north of the monument near sunset and the way the rocks were illuminated there at that time of day was superior.
  • When you live in Nebraska, Chimney Rock is one of those places you tend to take for granted of being in your very own state. The iconic rock formation - recognizable to some from the state quarters, or to those of us born before the 90s from playing Oregon Trail - was a highlight on an impromptu sightseeing trip for me of my own state. I was rushed to get there in time before the sun set, so I missed the hours of the visitor's center and didn't have a chance to walk the grounds of the site. But it was still definitely worth the drive. If you plan on heading out to Chimney Rock, plan your time well so you won't feel as rushed as I was. The entire surrounding area is truly beautiful. Soak it all in.
  • It is neat to imagine settlers seeing this as they traveled out west on the Oregon Trail. There is a small literal cow path leading to the base. I didn't stop at the visitors center but visited on my own. Take a look around the cemetery and take notice of the varied plants and animals.
  • It's a very interesting rock formation. Pretty good little trail to hike. (Be careful of rattle snakes )
  • The formation is petty cool, but the person at the visitor center was not friendly. We felt she was watching us suspiciously and wasn't into answering questions.
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