The village of Chimney Rock is North Carolina is part of Rutherford County and takes its name from the granite rock that is located on a summit above the village. The rock is part of Chimney Rock State Park. With much to do and amazing views, it’s difficult to overlook visiting such a spectacular place. In addition to the rock formation itself, there is the Hickory Nut Falls, a waterfall over 400 feet tall (120 meters), the tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a balancing rock dubbed Devil’s Head, here is a video of the falls:
The rock is accessibly by elevator and offers a panoramic view of the park, and the countryside that is surrounding the park.
There are hiking trails for every level of skill, which offer the opportunity to breathe in fresh mountain air, and take in some of the most incredible views in the Carolinas.
There are a number of hiking trails to choose from, and you can choose them based on your skill level.
The easiest trail is the Hickory Nut Falls Trail. The trail is wide and features a gently rolling path that leads to the bottom of the waterfall. The round-trip total is just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers), and there are only a few uphill sections. You can expect to spot some amazing local birds and wildflowers, and if it’s a particularly hot day it’s perfect, because it’s shaded.
Ideal for families, the Great Woodland Adventure features 12 discovery stations on its half mile loop. You can get a peek into the many animals that live in the park, as well as view sculptures that were crafted by local artists.
The Skyline trail leads up the staircase to the chimney itself. It’s a bit of a trek but it levels out to a dramatic view over the cliffs. The Opera Box provides epic views of both the chimney and the lake, and ahead of that you’ll meet the Devil’s Head. The trail ultimately ends at Exclamation Point, which is the highest elevation of Chimney Rock.
The Four Seasons Trail will get your blood pumping, tracking through hardwood forest. You’ll also have the chance to see rare plants that aren’t found on the other trails.
Movie buffs will recognize the area as areas of the park and its surround were featured in the movie A Breed Apart (1984), as well as the Academy Award winning film The Last of the Mohicans (1992).
For more information visit Wikipedia – Chimney Rock State Park
Google map of the rock
Next photo by Jmturner (pd)
photo by Cesar Garcia Oyervides (Instagram)