Chimney Rock Travel Guide

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Chimney Rock Things to Do

  • Chimney Rock and Needle's Eye

    185 stairs up a rickety looking staircase (but very sturdy!) and you get to the top---if you are in Chimney Rock, make sure and see the Needle's Eye. $14 for adults and $6 for kids 6-15, under 6 free and admission includes parking and the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock.8:30 -- 6PM.

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  • lake lure

    luke lure is located a mile east of chimney rock village on US 64. this beautiful man made lake is a must see spot when visiting chimney rock. the town of lake lure has a public beach, boating and fishing opportunities, and a good selection of restautaunts and bars. for more information see my lake lure pages.

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  • broad river

    US 64 runs along the broad river through hickory nut gorge. on highway 64 there are a number of parking areas where you can access the river. this wild and scenic river is a good fly fishing spot.

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  • main street

    main street (US 64) in central chimney rock village is lined with restaurants, B&B inns, and shops. this charming village is well worth a visit when in the ashville area.

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  • chimney rock park

    chimney rock park is chimney rock village's main tourist attraction. there are two options to get to the top of chimney rock. there are hiking trails or you can take an elevator to the top. for people of my advanced age i would suggest taking the elevator up to the top then walk down the trails back to the visitor center. on the trails you will see...

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  • Take the elevator up the Chimney Rock...

    It's a 3 mile drive from Entrance & Exit area to the parking area. We visited Chimney Rock during the heatwave in August 2007. Perhaps if it had been a bit cooler we would have tried climbing up to the Sky Lounge, but we took the elevator. It is included in the $14 fee. After arriving at the Sky Lounge we walked out to the viewing area which is...

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  • Other points of interest

    There are a bunch of trails in the park of varying degrees of difficulty. A short trail known as the Woodland Adventure is a good option for kids because it contains scupltures of different animals. The Skyline Trail connects Chimney Rock to Hickory Nut Falls and reaches the highest points in the park.

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  • Hickory Nut Falls

    The falls are every bit as popular as the Chimney, if not more so. Hickory Nut Falls were made famous by their role as the location where scenes from Last of the Mohicans were filmed.There are several ways to reach the falls. There is a trail from the bottom of the chimney which leads directly to the falls, a trail from the top which crosses a...

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  • To the chimney and beyond

    There are two ways to get to the top of the chimney. One is by a high speed elevator which will get you to the top in less than a minute. But, if you do that, you'll miss the great views and side trails leading to the overlooks along the way. Of course, you could just walk down and catch these sights, but, if you're like me, getting there really is...

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Chimney Rock Hotels

  • The Esmeralda

    910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, North Carolina, 28720, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Chimney Rock Restaurants

  • deli

    the river watch is a nice place to have lunch in chimney rock village. they offer good deli sandwiches and have a great view of the broad river.

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  • Food, water and powerade at Chimney Rock

    I think that's the name of the place. There is a small restaurant at the top of Chimney Rock. Its located right next to the elevator so that anyone who gets hungry after their one minute ride can pop right in.Seriously though, its a good place to stop if you've run out of water or electrolytes. They sell large bottles of powerade here. And, if...

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Chimney Rock Transportation

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    by acemj Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    I came to the park in order to get some good photos and to get some exercise by hiking the trails, but next time I'll take the elevator. There are still plenty of trails after you get to the top to get some exercise. You'll enter the elevator by way of a 198-foot tunnel that stays between 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Then, you'll ride up the elevator that has been blasted into the solid granite and rises the equivalent of 26 storeys up to the Chimney. The elevator operator will give you a brief introduction to the park on your way up.

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Chimney Rock Shopping

  • bakery

    laura's house is an excellent bakery in chimney rock village. they offer cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. for those with a sweet tooth laura's house is a must do spot in chimney rock.

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  • clothing & gifts

    jorry poindexter's is one of a number of gift, clothing, and antique stores located on main street in chimney rock village. main street is a great place to walk around and check out the shops.

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  • Souvenirs and other miscellany

    At the end of the parking lot near the elevator, you'll see this small gift shop. It has the look and feel of a little mountain log cabin and you'll find plenty of the usual souvenirs including postcards, tee shirts and other interesting souvenirs. There are some small shops just outside the park entrance on Highway 64/74A in the town of Chimney...

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Chimney Rock Warnings and Dangers

  • traffic congestion

    US 64 between lake lure and bat cave can become very congested especial during the fall and summer tourist season. in lake lure, chimney rock, and bat cave be aware of pedestrians crossing the street and cars pulling in and out of the shops and restaurtants. speed limits are strictly inforced and on summer weekends there are frequent DUI check...

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  • If you gotta go, GO!

    There are no bathrooms along the paths, so if you feel the need, go before you start hiking. You'll find the bathrooms on the far end of the parking just past Cliff Dweller's Gifts.

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  • Yikes!

    There are plenty of stairs and steep paths in the park, so come prepared. It's a good idea to bring some bottled water and to take it easy as you make your way along the trails. I was out of breath a couple times because I tried to be Superman walking up the stairs. You'll also want to go slowly because the paths are rocky and some of the stairways...

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Chimney Rock Tourist Traps

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    by acemj Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    The Lake Lure Visitor's Center is located about a mile down Hwy. 64/74A to the right when you exit the park entrance. Here you'll be able to get information about lodging, restaurants and recreational activities for Lake Lure itself (where they filmed Dirty Dancing ) as well as for the entire area including Chimney Rock Park and the mountain region in general.

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Chimney Rock What to Pack

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    by acemj Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the winter, it can be cold and windy up here on the mountain so come prepared. Summers can be stifling hot so make sure you check the weather before you come.

    Photo Equipment: A circular polarizing filter and even a warm-up filter (if you're here in the fall) will add some punch to your photos.

    Lake Lure as seen from Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock Off The Beaten Path

  • The cave

    The cave is an interesting stopping point. Located at the base of the stairs leading to Chimney Rock, a short flight of steps leads down into the cool dark cave. After hiking in near 100 degree temps all day, it was like being inside a refrigerator. It made for a great place to cool off.

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  • On top of Old Chimney

    Contrary to what the sign said, this was one of the best views in the park. After reaching the Chimney, I climbed yet more stairs in a futile attempt to reach the trail that connected to the falls. I found a stopping place about a hundred feet above the top of Chimney Rock. From here, the Chimney, the lake and the distant mountains were within...

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  • The views

    The sign pointing towards this observation point advertises this as the best view. I'm not sure why, since it seems that the point of taking this walk is to get to the top of the chimney. But, since signs never lie, I decided to climb an extra flight of stairs to the platform. This is the view that is supposed to be the greatest. Check out the...

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Chimney Rock Sports & Outdoors

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    by acemj Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    While Chimney Rock is definitely a family-friendly location that can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, it's also pretty challenging at times. I bypassed the elevator that takes you up from the parking lot close to the Chimney itself. Instead, I hiked my way up using a combination of stairs and paths and by the time I made it to the top, the view was all the more rewarding for my efforts.

    This photo shows a tight spot along the trail just beyond Inspiration Point called Wild Cat Trap. Suck in your gut and squeeze on through!

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Chimney Rock Favorites

  • The Chimney

    The Chimney is actually a rock spire which is over 300 feet high. Its an unusual sight and one can't help but imagine what those who discovered it thought upon first sight of it. But, as Americans are wont to do, a park was built around this natural scuplture of sorts.

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  • Missed it by a week . . .

    I really wanted to come to Chimney Rock during peak foliage, but that's often hard to do. Locals around here don't measure peak fall colors by the week, nor by the day, but actually by the hour!! They claim that there is an identifiable one hour window in which the leaves are at their most brilliant. I was there over the first weekend in Novemeber...

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  • Entrance

    You'll notice the small strip (a quarter mile or so) of restaurants and shops that marks the small town of Chimney Rock just passed Lake Lure (it's actually called Chimney Rock Village). Right in the middle of that stretch, you'll see the entrance to the park that takes you over a bridge that spans a beautiful little stream where the water spills...

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