Hiking North Carolina
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
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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.
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.
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...
The trail seems to be run down and much more difficult, dangerous, and less maintained than led to believe.
The views are spectacular.
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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