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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.


Carol S

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Loved this park. We actually went here right after flooding and mudslides. Great workout all the way up to exclamation point. Make sure you bring water for your hike. We took our time going up/down, about a couple of hours. You can spend more time on other trails. There is an elevator but it wasn't opened when we were there. It was to open the following weekend. If you use it you won't have to climb the 499 steps, but what fun would that be? The entrance fee was reasonable $13. Normally $15 For adults but since the elevator wasn't working the fee was reduced. Enjoy if you go.

Casey Clarke

Sunday, May 13, 2018
How can you not love this place? Waterfalls, hiking, picnics! I spent a lot of my childhood here and I remember the last time I went with my mother before she passed. She loved it as much as I do. I cannot wait to visit again with my family and experience everything new it has to offer. Maybe I'll finally have the guts to climb to the top.

Jake Jones

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Nice trails that are marked well. Some great views. The view from the top of the waterfall wasn't very good considering how far you have to hike to get there. The experience of the bottom of the waterfall is great. You can wade into the water and let the water fall on you. It feels great on a warm day!

Sunil Banathia

Friday, April 27, 2018
Great place is amazing offering great views of lake lure and surrounding mountains. The elevators were still not working and we had to take the stairs. There is a nominal entry fee for each individual. Once you park your car, a ferry bus will take you right next to the chimney rock. There are great hiking trails and I would suggest to travel to this place between 15 Apr and 15 Oct. There are some restraints nearby offering nice food.

web brewer

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Nice 'stair hike' up to the top for all ages. Plenty of spaces to stop. Rest. And observe. There is also a trail but I did not go on it. Entry to park required. They have an elevator but it was not working when I was there

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