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Chimney Rock, North Carolina: Chimney Rock

Some say that Chimney Rock looks like something other than a chimney. Take an elevator to the top! The state park also contains Moonshiner's Cave and the 185 stair-challenge of the "Needle's Eye."

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock Scenic Rd, Chimney Rock, NC
On Hwy 9/US 74 between Bat Cave and Lake Lure. Once in Chimney Rock, turn south at the park sign for the switchback road to Chimney Rock.
Hours may vary. Closes 4:30 pm most days. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$15 adults, $6 youths, children under 6 free, group rates.
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Chimney Rock State Park is closed until further notice due to road collapse.

[RoamingRileys, 10/31/2017]

Chimney Roc.

Chimney Rock

The Hickory Nut Falls trail is closed due to a rock slide, so admission to Chimney Rick is currently reduced to $12 for adults. Kids 5 and under (or under 5...can't remember) are free. You can rent a backpack for toddler-toting for $8.

[Stephanie, 10/26/2013]

Opera Box scenic viewpoint.

Chimney Rock

The hours vary throughout the year. There is a ticket plaza to purchase tickets into the park. The park closes 1.5 hours after the plaza. The elevator to the top is currently being repaired, but you can climb thousands of stairs to get to the top. It should be fixed late 10/2013. There is a section of the park at the bottom of the waterfall closed due to a rock slide, so they are offering a reduced rate to enter the park of $12, military gets in for $10 with ID. They do not have a date as to when the waterfall trail will be repaired.

We spent a Sunday afternoon here and it was breathtaking.

[Kathleen Whelan, 10/08/2013]

Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock

Elevator is out (10/2011) while new one is installed. Stairs are nice for the climb. The views are worth the hit to your pride after stopping every ten steps for a breath on the way up.

[Kylie, 10/13/2011]

Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock Park

Beautiful views, nice trails, very tall waterfall. Park entrance at bridge across the Broad River and you drive to the parking lot and take an elevator up to the rock, views of Lake Lure and the cliffs across the valley. Parts of the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" were filmed on this mountain.

[Bill Carter, 05/31/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Puncheon Camp Creek RanchPuncheon Camp Creek Ranch, Edneyville, NC - 7 mi.
Old Pioneer StatueOld Pioneer Statue, Edneyville, NC - 7 mi.
Billy Graham StatueBilly Graham Statue, Ridgecrest, NC - 13 mi.
In the region:
ATOM: Aluminum Tree and Ornament Museum, Brevard, NC - 31 mi.

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