Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock

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Featured in films such as "The Last of the Mohicans," Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is full of beautiful attractions, including the 535-year-old Chimney Rock, for which the park is named. Before the granite monolith was acquired by the state of North Carolina in 2007, the Morse family privately owned Chimney Rock for more than 100 years. The park also is home to Devil's Head balancing rock and Hickory Nut Falls. Hike the various park trails designed for varying skill levels, play at one of the 12 Great Woodland Discovery zones, or, if you're feeling more adventurous, go rock climbing for the day. Put Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park into our Chimney Rock online holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chimney Rock.
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  • Beautiful views from the top.The elevator to the top never works so plan on climbing a few hundred (thousand??) steps. The view is great but you do have to work for it climbing all those steps. The go...  more »
  • This is a fantastic hike with gorgeous views of Lake Lure. Lots and lots of steps but that made for a great workout. The elevator was running so you could take that if unable to climb all the stairs. ...  more »
  • really cool day trip, it's not cheap, but the hike is incredible and there is a bonus waterfall! it's such an iconic place, really interesting rock formation and a whole series of steps & bridges & wh...  more »
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  • ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! My family and I went for spring break and it is worth the entry fee, in fact we went after 4 the first day so we were able to go again the next day for free when we brought our receipt! Everyone there is/was super amazing and very friendly! :) They all have personality to them and a great sense of humor! Would recommend to anyone who loves a great view!
  • Had so much fun visiting Chimney Rock State Park. It's absolutely beautiful. There is a "bat cave", a gift shop and nature trails. If you take the stairs, be well prepared to walk a million stairs but it's honestly so worth it, or you can take a elevator.. Great place to visit and to take your entire family. Wonderful views and very much fun. They have 2 decent parking areas and a classroom.also they have an animal exhibit and rock climbing for children.
  • We had a good time there. The trailers are easy to follow and the views are amazing. They have an elevator if 499 stairs is too many but they also offer scenic view spots on the way up. It made for a nice afternoon.
  • Fantastic views and a lovely setting. The walk up stairs is Definitely grew lane but the views to make up for it. What's unfortunate is there's not much to do once you get to the top but perhaps I missed some of the hiking trails. I would have liked more of a luncheon place at the top so I could sit and enjoy the view for longer. $17 seems like a steep price per person but it is a once in a lifetime view so I just dealt with it.
  • We loved the family time together. A lot of STEPS...but a nice 72 degree day for exploring an climbing the rock. Beautiful wild flowers. Clear, exquisite pictures of the waterfall, Lake Lure an the Gorge. Well worth the $17.00 each. Cooled off in bate cave an then enjoyed the elevator ride down to the bottom. Even the devil seemed to be enjoying the view on his ledge. Ate at the rock cafe at the entrance of the park in the village.....amazing! Nice to sit on deck beside water an watching ppl enjoy the area. Seeing all the full bloomed trees. Well worth the visit to the area! The village was fun shopping too. Lake Lure beautiful, flower bridge full of blooms an the lake shimmering in the sun! One thing- a lot of bees.
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