Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock

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  • Address: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720, USA, United States
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8002779611
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Park, Family And Kids
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About Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock State Park is very famous for the Chimney Rock. Nicknamed as “The Rock”, it is a colossal granite outcropping within the beautiful Chimney Rock State Park. The park was declared as a state park in 2007. The park has a mixture of topography, which encourages different varieties of flora. It has more than 550 species of vascular plants, some of which are on the North Carolina’s Endangered, Threatened and Candidate Plant species list. Also, in addition to the famous high rock, the park also has a lake. This makes it a haven for resident as well as migratory birds. Parts of the park that are deciduous entice summer-breeding birds to make it their home for the season. Birdwatchers are requested to keep their cameras at the go, as the park is abundant with the most gorgeous species of birds.

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  • It was a warmer day, since we've been stuck in the house we decided to see what Chimney Rock was like. The elevator was out, which is fine, we wanted to take the stairs anyway! It worked out to be a little cheaper for the wallet if the elevator is out, so that was a nice surprise. There are different pathways you can take that lead up to the top, it was nice to go through the 'cave' or 'subway' area, I felt like a kid. Can't wait to go back and explore all the trails. A few were closed just because of the ice we had last week. I recommend this especially to parents who want their kid to take a nap!

  • Awesome place to visit and walk around. The wooden structure was an amazing work of art. So much work went into it, it was very well built and really nice to walk up. Chimney Rock itself is an amazing vantage point. While I was up there to visit, a C-130 flew right by us, and actually slightly lower than us, so we could look down on top of it. It was a pretty incredible experience. The cap rock itself is impressive and slightly scary. I'm sure sometime in the next several thousand years, that rock is eventually gonna slide right off and come crashing down, wreaking havoc all the way to the bottom of the mountain, but until then, nice view from the top!

  • Great controlled hiking, trails are easy to follow, plenty of areas to stop and look, and mostly spread out where you can still get the pictures you want. I recommend doing all trails in one day, its tough but only around 6 miles. My kids and I handled it, youngest was 7 yrs old. You can bring your dofs, long as they are on a leach, but bring water for them. Only down side is you very rarely see any real animals due to the amount of traffic, but Enjoy y'all we do every time.

  • Very nice state park with a lot to do. Many beautiful trails. The views from the chimney are really nice. You can see Lake Lure in the distance. The trails around the cliffs are somewhat challenging but nice. The view of Hickory nut falls is spectacular.

  • Nov 20 2017 is when I visited. Because the top parking lot where you access the chimney Rock is closed due to landslide, entrance fee to the park was reduced to $6. I had to park in the first parking lot where the restrooms are. The Great Woodlands trail, Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail to the falls we're open along with everything located in the parking area. The woodlands trail, 0.4 miles, is great for kids, and the hike is easy. The four seasons trail, 1.4 miles round trip, is uphill climb... Strenuous!! I didn't know what to expect, because I was going to hike to the fall from the 2nd parking lot to the hickory nut falls. The four seasons trail has A LOT of steps and all uphill. The trail is also rocky. Allow plenty of time for breaks. The trail connects to the hickory nut falls trail with a 60+ step wooden staircase. From there, the hike to the falls is about 0.6 miles. Because it is November, the falls was pretty but there wasn't a lot of water. I assume it would be more grand during rainy seasons. The trip back to the car was much easier for me, because be careful because going down the steps can be hard on the knees and ankles, and the trail can be slippery. Overall, I can't believe I made it, and my little two 13-lb terrier mix hiked it without any problems. I had to tell them to wait for me!! 😂 I would definitely do it again. About 5 years ago, I climbed the Outcroppings which is the 500+ step staircase to the Chimney Rock. It was challenging but also a great workout. There is a trail from the Chimney Rock to the top of the waterfalls. I didn't hike that trail than because it was narrow and I didn't want my little dog to slip and fall off.

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