Chimney Rock State Park

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

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21 miles from our VRBO rental in Chesire Village, NC - we wanted to explore this area because of the beautiful images we had seen. We made this a day-trip because we planned on visiting an Asheville French restaurant that evening.

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Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park
Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

We had just arrived at the entrance to Chimney Rock, and are walking up to the elevator area from the bus stop. You can see Chimney Rock in the top left of this picture.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

The entrance to the elevator, and as you can see, the entrance shaft was hacked out of granite, as was the elevator shaft to the top.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

Beautiful view of the valley below from Chimney Rock, that is Lake Lure in the distance.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

This is the view you get of Chimney Rock as you walk up to the elevators from the parking lot.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

This is the view you get from the observation platform on Chimney Rock, and the Broad River leads out to Lake Lure.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park

And this is the view you get once you have walked up to the top of Chimney Rock!

Hickory Nut Falls Trail at Chimney Rock
Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park
Hickory Nut Falls Trail Waterfall

The 404 foot tall Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. The water flow varies depending on recent rainfall. During dry periods, the flow reduces to a small stream; while after a heavy rain, the flow is very impressive.

Leashed pets are welcome on the trail. This trail starts from the lower end of the main parking area below the Chimney. The trail also connects with other trails in the Park, including the Four Seasons Trail that heads down the mountain and the Outcroppings Trail that climbs to the top of the Chimney.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park
Hickory Nut Falls Trail

Hickory Nut Falls Trail is three quarters of a mile from the Chimney Rock area, and up a constantly ascending trail to the second highest waterfall east of the Mississippi (404 feet). Some of the scenes from the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" were filmed here.

This image displays how steep the upper part of the trail is, this is just below the waterfall pool area. Below this part, it gets back to a bit less steep but all gravel.
Click here to go to the Park Website where you can find more trail info.

Hiking & Panoramic Vistas: Explore Chimney Rock State Park
Hickory Nut Falls Trail Stairs

The stairs to return from the trail to the Chimney Rock area, yes they are steep and by the time you get to the top, you are going to be huffing & puffing.

The careful design of the stairs ensures minimal impact on the environment, allowing hikers to connect with nature authentically. Reaching the summit unveils the majestic Hickory Nut Falls, cascading 404 feet down a granite cliff, making the stair climb a rewarding prelude to nature's grand spectacle—a testament to the harmonious coexistence of human ingenuity and the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world.

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Scenes from around the Park 

More Info for Chimney Rock State Park 

  • Just Traveling Thru Travel Planning Tips
  • Our Chimney Rock State Park Image Gallery
  • Chimney Rock State Park on the "National Park Service" site
  • Guide to Chimney Rock State Park Site on the "Visit Shenandoah" site
  • VRBO Search Results list for rentals near Chimney Rock State Park
  • Lodging near Chimney Rock State Park on the "Expedia" site
  • Big Meadows Lodge on the "National Park Service" site
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