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Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main Street

Some of North Carolina's most dramatic mountain scenery is found at Chimney Rock State Park, with the signature 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Admission is charged at the principal Chimney Rock Access, though the nearby Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is admission-free and offers one of the park's six trails. Visiting Chimney Rock Access offers opportunities for picnicking and hiking on trails that range from child-friendly nature explorations to moderately strenuous treks to the top of Chimney Rock Mountain and to the edge of Hickory Nut Falls. Concessions and gift shops are available. The Rocky Broad River is a destination for trout anglers. Other access areas into the park now encompassing more than 5,700 acres are to be developed.


Aaron Hirko

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
A magical place... I went as a child every summer (from FL) and hadn't been in over 2 decades. It was sublime getting to take my own children here this summer, and it was even more gorgeous than I remember. The hike was a great experience-totally doable for most any reasonably active adult (we did a *much* more challenging hike the following day-Wildcat Rock). Also, worth mentioning, we got there a couple hours before they closed, and said we could return the following day, without having to pay additional admission price, so long as we kept our tickets. Really, this is, in many ways,the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Glendys Serra

Friday, June 22, 2018
Really enjoyed hiking the Hickory Nut Falls trail, and the Four Seasons Trail, the later was amazing. Make sure you go early if you want to hike the Skyline Trail, to the top of the waterfall, because that trail closes at 5 pm. The day of our visit, the elevator to Chimney Rock was closed, so we had to take the stairs. Call ahead if you need the elevator, to make sure it is working. Gift shop has a great selection. Overall a great park. Would definitely do it again.

Colt Cooper

Monday, July 30, 2018
One of my favorite affordable getaways. It has shops, restaurants, hiking, boating, fishing, hotels, and beautiful landscapes. The trail to the top of Chimney Rock is a challenge, but we'll worth the effort. The shops have so many things to offer that you could spend a while day shopping.

tina nguyen

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
I loved the park it was beautiful kind of pricey for a state park but was well worth it be prepared to hike all the way up to the exclamation point if you can. Definitely be prepared to spend hours here. My boys 5 and 7 hiked it all the way up 4-5 hours I believe it took us if you think about each trail took about 45 mins to an hr. The elevator happen to be under construction.

Ella Mazor

Saturday, June 30, 2018
The place is beautiful and well maintained with several trails of varying intensity levels. It's a good workout especially on a hot summer day. Once you get to the top, the vie is breathtaking and the cool wind makes it very nice and you don't really feel the heat. Must be amazing in the fall with all the colors

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