One of NC’s newest state parks, Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. With sweeping, panoramic, 75-mile views of the Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont from its summit, standing atop the Chimney is a one-of-a-kind experience – one that is accessible via trail or by our newly modernized 26-story elevator built inside the mountain.
With unique hiking trails, the Park has something for everyone from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 discovery stations along the way to the more adventurous Four Seasons trail which climbs more than 400 feet. Be sure to hike the Hickory Nut Falls trail, the reward is the 404 foot falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the East. Chimney Rock also offers guided rock climbing lessons for beginner to advanced climbers. The Old Rock Cafe offers tasty sandwiches and snacks to get you fueled up for your hike. Souvenirs of your trip can be picked up at Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop. The Park offers discounts for groups, and is pet friendly.