Chimney Rock State Park

Asheville, North Carolina

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Like the bulk of Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock State Park is a once-privately owned commercial natural area that has become a state park. The park’s historic “tourist attraction” area is operated as a concession under state management, and a fee is still charged. The core of the tourist facilities are still much as they were before state ownership (with key recent improvements to meet state guidelines). Among those changes are the current closure of much of the summit Skyline Trail and the entire Cliff Trail (the latter one of the state’s most exciting hikes, where the cliff scenes in The Last of the Mohicans were filmed). You can still reach Exclamation Point, and the state’s master plan includes extending the Skyline Trail to additional viewpoints. Try one of these spectacular—and safe—circuit hikes through the stunningly vertical world of Hickory Nut Gorge and 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Like the bulk of Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock State Park is a once-privately owned commercial natural area that has become a state park. The park’s historic “tourist attraction” area is operated as a concession under state management, and a fee is still charged.

The core of the tourist facilities are still much as they were before state ownership (with key recent improvements to meet state guidelines). Among those changes are the current closure of much of the summit Skyline Trail and the entire Cliff Trail (the latter one of the state’s most exciting hikes, where the cliff scenes in The Last of the Mohicans were filmed). You can still reach Exclamation Point, and the state’s master plan includes extending the Skyline Trail to additional viewpoints. Try one of these spectacular—and safe—circuit hikes through the stunningly vertical world of Hickory Nut Gorge and 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Asheville
Distance: 0.7-1.5 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Chimney Rock Park, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock 28720; (800) 277- 9611; chimneyrockpark.com. A fee is charged; annual passes are available.
Local Maps: USGS quads Bat Cave, Lake Lure. Download a hiking map at the attraction’s website (see below). The state park website also has a map (ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/chro/main.php).
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Rock State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2011
0

Lots of Steps! But the View is worth it. Also took a nice side trail that goes to a 404 Ft. waterfall. Great for a family outing.


6/27/2009
1

Very nice facility with well marked and groomed trails. My advice is to call ahead as several of the trails were closed for repairs and maintenance. This didn't change our experience too much as we were still able to hike to the falls and get off the main trail through the forest on the more difficult forest trail which very few people took. There are a lot of stairs to get to the top of chimney rock and it can be a little crowded. Overall very nice area especially considering when you get away from everyone else.


6/29/2008
0

The upper loop trail was closed when we were there last June. Very disappointing. I just called the park and they are still closed with no ETR!!? The state took over this park a while back and they are moving way too slow on these trail repairs...


11/10/2007
0

The trail seems to be run down and much more difficult, dangerous, and less maintained than led to believe. The views are spectacular.


10/6/2006
0

A hike with some beautifuls views. This is a commercially maintained area with lots of stairs and platforms. Can be strenuous in areas due to the number of stairs. Over-all a good familynature walk. The cliff walk was great as was teh bottom of the falls. The top of the falls didn't really offer much to see. Though it is good for some bragging rights (been there) and also as part of the loop that takes you to the cliff walk from chimey roack (also a nice place). The park is very well maintained.



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