Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock is a place to enjoy God's beauty. At 2,280 feet above sea level and 315 feet above ground level, Chimney Rock offers you a fantastic view of Rocky Broad River and Lake Lure as well as the gorgeous scenery surrounding the area. You can take the 20 minute walk up the stairs to the top of the rock, or if you appreciate the inventions of modern man, you can take the 32 second elevator ride up through the mountain to the top and just walk up the remaining 44 steps!
The park has been privately owned by the Morse family for over 100 years. In 1902, Dr. Lucius Morse bought the 64 acres that included Chimney Rock and today the family now owns 1000 acres. Dr. Morse dreamed of preserving the beauty of the area and making it accessible for people to enjoy this beauty. The family has kept that dream alive.
You can explore the area on several hike from the easy Great Woodlands Adventure with family with small children in mind, to the moderate to strenuous Skyline-Cliff Trail Loop that takes you on a journey across the upper regions to the Hickory Nut Falls (with a 404 foot drop). Then there are trails in-between. You can plan the entire day enjoying the wonders here. There are the Sky Lounge and the Cliff Dwellers that both offer a gift shop and Deli as well as snack that can be purchased. There are also many picnic and barbeque areas where you can bring your own food. There is a pavilion and grills area for a large get-together as well. Plan a party or special event and you can have the staff here cater your event as well provide special guided hikes and slide presentations.
Chimney Rock Park was so cool. The elevator was actually inside the mountain. By the time you climb up the stairs, you are amazed and a little tired. Then you go to the Opera Box and you are really excited. The view is beautiful. Then you climb to Devil's Head. By the time you get to Exclamation Point you are tired out but enjoying the hike. When you get to the waterfall you are at the top of a 404 foot drop! Mind the sign and don't cross the fence. Come back on the cliff trail if you are not afraid of heights. You walk on a path right along the cliff's edge. When you go down far enough you can either take the elevator back down or the steps. It is a long way down taking the steps. The Hickory Nut Falls trail will take you down to the bottom of the falls instead of the top. I had a great time here.
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