The iconic, 315 foot tall Chimney Rock, a 535-million-year-old monolith that gives Chimney Rock State Park its name, is the heart of the park and climbing it rewards you with 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Surely the best attraction of the park and really all you’d need to attract visitors to this gorgeous natural preserve – but if you think that’s all Chimney Rock State Park has to offer, you’re in for a surprise – that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County, North Carolina is one of the state’s newest parks and is loaded with numerous things to do and see:
Like to hike? Chimney Rock State Park has trails for all ages and abilities.
Want to rock climb? Chimney Rock State Park not only has many, fun-to-climb geological formations, we even have on-site training for beginning and intermediate climbers!
Have kids to entertain and educate? Chimney Rock State Park offers the Great Woodland Adventure: an entire program dedicated to getting kids out and about and discovering our wonderful, natural world.
Want to learn more yourself? Chimney Rock State Park has a calendar chock full of guided hikes, bird walks, and educational programs for adults as well as kids.
Looking for that perfect gift? Chimney Rock State Park’s Cliff Dwellers Gifts and the Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli contain lots of souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts handmade by regional artists.
Hungry after a day of exploring? The Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock State Park offers sandwiches and salads in Chimney Rock Village overlooking the Rocky Broad River.
With the 75-mile views from Chimney Rock, the grandeur of the 404-foot tall Hickory Nut Falls, Skyline Trail’s fantastic, 2,480 foot pinnacle atop Exclamation Point, scenic hiking, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs, and ancient geological features, no wonder Chimney Rock State Park attracts visitors from around the world. Not to mention film crews: Chimney Rock State Park scenery was featured in the 1992 film “The Last of the Mohicans,” among others.
So come to Chimney Rock State Park, part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and see what all the fuss is about.
Chimney Rock State Park
For directions, program schedules and more: www.chimneyrockpark.com
Chimney Rock State Park Lodging
North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast is less than an hour’s scenic drive to Chimney Rock State Park and offers you the kind of impeccable service and personal touches you could never find in a hotel or motel. Our Asheville, NC bed and breakfast’s luxury and value is all in the details. Stay at North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast for your Asheville vacation lodging and realize true comfort.