Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock - Address, Phone Number
Address: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720, USA
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
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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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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.
Wonderful views! Lots of stairs (elevator not working yet) but were able to easily get to the top of the rock with a 3 and 5 year olds. Food trucks were an added bonus for hungry kids. Cave was also closed. Annual pass well worth it.
Great place. Tons of stairs. There are plenty of longer and harder trails to pick from. Paths often go right along the cliff edge. The main attraction is cool, but if you explore the upper trails you are in for some great sights.
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,