Chimney Rock NC
Chimney Rock NC
is located in Rutherford County near Asheville and
Hendersonville in the western part
of North Carolina. A small village of less
than 200 people and 3 square miles, the main thing
going on here is the Chimney Rock State Park.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock, a 535-million-year-old towering
monolith, has been an iconic focal point in the western North Carolina
mountains for well over a century. With sweeping, panoramic 75-mile views of
Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from its summit, standing atop the chimney
is a one-of-a-kind. That will leave you breathless!
You're anticipating spectacular mountain and
distant gorge vistas? Breathtaking feelings of awe as though you've reached
the sky? You won't be disappointed. But you will be astounded at what else
you discover climbing to the top. A sense of adventure. A swell of pride and
accomplishment. A shared memory with a loved one. A humble sense of
gratitude for this astonishing earth.
Before there were kingdoms deemed magical or
simulated rides designed to take you to breathtaking heights, there was
Chimney Rock. Here, for over 100 years, the beauty and wonder of this
magnificent natural place has always been an authentic and simple joy. Our
heights – a 404 foot waterfall, 75 mile views and diverse vertical
challenges along the miles of trails, boardwalks and stairs – have always
been uplifting. Come explore it with us, our naturalists and partake in our
events and activities designed to engage you, inspire you and enlighten you.
The magic here is real. No virtual thrills. No
computer – generated bells and whistles. Just earthly delights guaranteed to
save your soul soaring, leave your mind unfettered and fill your heart with
So stop lights crazy roller coaster. Come and
let us reintroduce you to mother nature. Bring your friends and family, too.
You'll all love her. Of course, we're a little biased, since Chimney Rock is
her pride and joy.
You can get an annual pass to Chimney Rock
because there's so much to experience – the part changes not only
seasonally, not only daily, but hourly! Take stock of what interests you,
lace up your hiking shoes and begin. Here are a few suggestions as a way to
start, but it's your time, your day and your discovery. Enjoy each minute.
Hiking Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock offers miles of trails – from
moderate to strenuous – and all of them are ecologically and geographically
diverse and memorably beautiful. Take the stairs from the base of the
chimney through the Outcroppings up to the Skyline Trail for a challenge and
extraordinary sites you can't get anywhere else. Explore on your own or sign
up for one of our many guided hikes. Pack a lunch and recharge at one of our
scenic picnic stops located within the park.
Climbing Chimney Rock
For a whole new perspective on the mountain
(and your self) give rock climbing a try! Take customized half-day or
full-day rock-climbing instruction, a two-hour clinic or a 15 min. sampling
of the thrill of the client with Fox Mountain Guides, the Southeast only
American Mountain Guide Association accredited climbing school.
Our world renowned omit omithologist Simon
Thompson leads guided bird walks through the busy Purdy year – from the
early arrivals in April, to the warblers in May, to a variety of summer
species. In September, our Flock to the Rock series of programs and walks
offers up-close and personal birding adventures, information about
rehabilitating birds and a backyard birding program for kids.
Running and Biking
In August, undertake our annual Race the Rock
by foot or by bike. The parts winding insurance road averages a 7% uphill
climb, but you'll be rewarded at the top with incredible views. For
information on the communities fund four-day sports Festival visit
Up Close with Nature
Enjoy a whole series of hikes, walks and
activities with our naturalists designed to engage you first-hand with
wildlife, wild flowers and the natural world around us. See the many notes
and crannies of our part that make it special. In June, we invite you to
bring your sleeping bag for a night under the stars at the Great American
The Musically Inclined
Learn to play a one-of-a-kind instrument – the
dulcimer. In mid-August, you can learn to play the hammered dulcimer with
John Mason, our featured entertainer who can be heard many days at the park,
or the mountain dulcimer with Ken Schoewe. We suggest you sign up for the
combo workshop so you can learn both.
The Camera Bug
Photography is an integral part of capturing
the experience of being here – not that you will ever forget your visit!
Noted North Carolina photographers lead workshops in May and October against
one of the most spectacular backdrops in America.
Fun with the Family at Chimney Rock
For the kids and kids at heart we offer the
Great Woodland Adventure, featuring discovery stations with large,
handcrafted sculptures. "Kids in Parks” TRACK Trails help kids explore
nature through the use of fun and educational self-guided brochures. And
don't forget to visit Grady's Animal Discovery Den, which contains exhibits
and real-life critters.
Join us for educational field trips, old
school days, corporate outings, reunions, church group activities, car club
gatherings, birthday parties – even weddings. The park is the perfect place
for Boy and Girl Scouts to learn new skills. We are happy to help plan your
group's visit – including full-service catering needs.
Special Events and Activities
Learn all about the wonderful world of bees,
an official backyard habitats, native flowers and plants and more. Our
spectacular Easter sunrise service is a must-see. Mark your calendar for our
Earth Day Celebration or National Trails and Land Trust Day with guided
tours, hikes and rock climbing demonstrations. And where else would Santa be
in December? Why, he's climbing one of the world's tallest chimneys of
course! These are just a few of the special events we hold that the park
All roads lead to Chimney Rock Park, nature's
land of fantasy. Take a nostalgic step back in time and see historic images
of Chimney Rock spanning the last 100 years. Grab a bite or enjoy a cold
beverage while overlooking the Rocky broad River at the old rock can a, next
to the park entrance in charming Chimney Rock village. Experience all of the
goodness of an era gone by in our historic village. Enjoy genuine
hospitality, browse a diverse and sometimes quirky choice of wares and
indulge in homemade treats amid the shadows of our spectacular cliffs and
scenic River. And dogs love Chimney Rock, so bring them along! Leashed pets
are welcome in all outdoor areas of the park.
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park is a
natural heritage site in the Blue Ridge national heritage area and is the
centerpiece of the still developing Chimney Rocks State Park in beautiful
Hickory nut Gorge. It is one of two areas of the state park currently open
to the public – the other is rumbling bald. Chimney Rock is a proud
participant in the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Foundation's “Kids in the Parks”
initiative and the Be Active – Appalachian Partnership's “On the Move”
health and wellness program.
You may recognize some areas of the chimney or
a part as the backdrop for the blockbuster film the Last of the Mohicans,
starring Daniel Day Lewis. Other films shot here include A Breed Apart
and Firestarter. Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze was
filmed in nearby Lake lure.
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While in the Chimney
NC area, we also recommend you visit nearby
Maggie Valley NC,
Gatlinburg TN, and
Pigeon Forge TN.