Chimney Rock State Park
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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Great place, had a fun time, beginning was a little rough for us older generation but well worth it, loved the hike to the top of the waterfall, hope they make it further out so can see the water go over the top. I really want to go back soon and start with the trail to the bottom of the waterfall this time. Ran out of time before. Elevator was not working so the restaurant was closed but the snack bar was open. I asked the park rangers if they had the oxygen , you know just in case the kids needed it. Lol
I loved 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.
Beautiful views on a clear day. You can see almost 50 miles from the top of the "chimney". Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes because you will climb 315 feet to the top. The hike to the waterfall is a 400 foot vertical climb. Clean facilities and ample parking.
The elevator was broken this day so we got a discount on admission. However it was foggy as well and we couldn't see any views after climbing all the stairs. In hindsight sight, we should have taken the longer walk to the waterfall. A more informative staff might have been helpful.
It offers a great opportunity to take in the natural beauty of North Carolina. I and a friend of mine, Phil, went there and enjoyed the view. The price was great and fair. The people were very nice. The visit almost got cancelled by a thunderstorm; but fortunately, the storm passed by quickly and we were able to go to the summit. I went all the way to Exclamation Point. What a view! I got a lot of great pictures and great memories!!! I highly recommend that anyone who has thought about going to go there!
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