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.
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