Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock

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Featured in films such as "The Last of the Mohicans," 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 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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  • Loved our week long family vacation in the mountains! Rented a pontoon for a day on Lake Lure, which is an extremely clean lake. Hiked Chimney Rock and the falls.  more »
  • Nice views from parking lot. Trails nice. It seems like they have been working on the elevator for more than a year.  more »
  • Anyway, it's great! Visit to and! A lot of souvenir shop at the foot of the lot is interesting too. I stopped the car at the parking lot no. 1 on from there 20 minutes! It also will be a good exercise.
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  • Lots of different geological features and several awesome vantage points of the surrounding area. Well marked and maintained trails and stairways. Easy to strenuous hikes available and food and gift shops. Also educational programs.
  • Beautiful park and great views from the top..but 500 steps is a lot of steps when the elevator is out and it 90 degrees outside..and carrying to kids that gave up halfway during the climb was no easy task either. Bring water and food with you.. but they do have snack stands and a general store as well. Also free rock climbing too after paying the entrance fee to the park. 4 years and younger is free.
  • Love this place.. wish they would open the bottomless pools back up. If you don't know about them Google it. They are a wonder of the world and should be back open to the public as they were. The bottomless pools are near the big hotel and used to have a nice walking path and bridges around them. They are 3 of them and they never have found the bottom.
  • Stunning view. Staff has always been easy to work with. The views is amazing. Can be a little scary for younger kids and people who don't like heights. But it is worth seeing. Highly recommend it
  • Worth every penny of the admission cost! Also worth hiking above the chimney rock. Views were spectacular. Pack plenty of water and snacks - you will definitely get your exercise on all the stairs.

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