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Chimney Rock State Park
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Owner description: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is an international outdoor destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC, attracting visitors from around the world. Highlights include:- 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure- 404-foot waterfall, one of the highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River- The Last of the Mohicans scenes were filmed here, and Dirty Dancing was filmed in adjacent Lake Lure- ancient geologic formations- 198-foot tunnel & elevator inside the mountain- five scenic hiking trails- guided rock climbing & moreThe Park's modernized elevator offers a handicap-accessible 35-sec. ride to the iconic Chimney, an alternative to "nature's Ultimate Stairmaster," the Outcroppings trail. Chimney Rock has something for everyone from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure trail to the stunning Skyline trail to Exclamation Point. Recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic outdoor attractions, Chimney Rock is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The teens loved this hike and location. It has beautiful views! I sat this one out and stayed at a rocking chair in front of the store looking at the wonderful scenery. The day we were there - the local Police department rescue unit was there practicing their climbing up a completely vertical edge of Chimney Rock. That was fun to watch. The only reason i gave it 4 stars and not 5 was the hefty price to get in, it is not per car like some places - it was $17.00 per person. Kids loved their time here so all is well!

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cindy,
Sorry you didn't have a chance to explore our trails, but we're glad the teens had fun. We hope you didn't pay $17 per person, because our tickets are currently $13 for adults and $6 per youth (ages 5-15). Let us know if your receipt shows differently, so that we can look into this matter. Thanks again for you review!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We first did the hike up to the top of Chimney Rock (500+ stairs). Quite a workout but totally worth it for the views! Then we hiked back down and did the hike to Hickory Nut Falls. They are very pretty but it is quite a hike for legs already tired from the Chimney Rock stairs. We saw lots of native flora and fauna (even a groundhog)! Have to say that they have made vast improvements to the park since we last visited 17 years ago. Highly recommended family fun!

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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the blooming wildflowers and wildlife. Have a wonderful Easter!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there in the morning and hiked two of the trails. Decided to do the Hickory Nut Falls trail first, since we knew that we would likely be very tired after going up to see Chimney Rock. The Falls trail is a relatively easy trail to do with kids (saw lots of families with small kids (and dogs) going up and down, and very beautiful. Apparently, the quantity of water varies with the time of year and whether it rained a couple of days before— but we were in luck and the falls were putting out a lot of water. You have the option of going into the pools at the base of the waterfall — we didn’t since the water just have been very very cold.

The walk up chimney rock (the admission was discounted at the front gate since the elevator was broken) is tiring, but very much worth it. Not only a beautiful view, but also it was cool to see the trees growing at the top of the rocks.

It looks like parking becomes as issue later on in the day, so come early.

Thank surreyuk
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed our two most iconic trails. Thanks again for visiting the Rock!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a family hike. Great views. Costs per head to get in but you can spend all day. If you like stairs, the hike to the top of Chimney Rock is for you. Glad we went. The kids enjoyed it. They have food for purchase if you desire, otherwise bring hiking snacks. Would visit again.

Thank pfavia
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad your family enjoyed the trip! Thanks again for the review!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the park on a cool day and climbed the 500 steps (one way) to the top. Several neat spots to stop along the way and great views upon reaching the summit. Unfortunately, due to icy conditions, the Skyline trail and Exclamation Point were closed. We also hiked the Hickory Nut Falls trail (about 45 minutes round trip). The elevator was out of service, so admission was $13

Thank TicoLee
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ChimneyRockPark, Public Relations Manager at Chimney Rock State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad you got to explore our two most popular trails, the Outcroppings trail to the Chimney and the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Thanks again for the review!

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