One of NC's newest state parks, Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. Stand atop the 315 foot Chimney Rock and admire stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. Scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world. The Park's scenery was highlighted in the 1992 blockbuster The Last of the Mohicans. Trails range from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 animal discovery stations to the more adventurous Skyline trail that leads to Exclamation Point, the Park's highest point at 2,480 feet. Book in advance for guided hikes, nature workshops and guided rock climbing lessons for beginner to advanced climbers. The Old Rock Cafe offers grilled sandwiches, a local burger and salads to get you fueled up for your hike, or enjoy one of the Park's many picnic areas. The Park offers discounts for groups and is pet friendly.
PLEASE NOTE: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is currently operating under a partial opening. Only the lower portion of the Park, which includes the Four Seasons trail, a portion of the Hickory Nut Falls trail, the Great Woodland Adventure trail and the Animal Discovery Den are accessible. Admission rates are reduced to $6 per adult and $3 per youth (ages 5-15) during the partial opening. The upper part of the Park, including Cliff Dwellers Gifts, the Chimney, Outcroppings trail, Sky Lounge, Exclamation Point and the Skyline trail, are closed until further notice. Additional information can be found on the Chimney Rock website at chimneyrockpark.com or facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc.
Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock before climbing down millions of much shorter chimneys all around the world on Christmas Eve. USA Today named … more