View from Pulit Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

View of of Lake Lure From Chimney Rock State Park - Chuck Hill PhotographyPhoto courtesy of Chuck Hill Photography

Outcroppings Trail

Hiking the Outcroppings trail is the only way to get to the top of Chimney Rock – and it’s well worth the effort. The 499 stairs climb 315 feet past incredible views of the Park, including unique views of Hickory Nut Gorge, the Carolina Piedmont and Lake Lure that can be seen from the Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock. These popular features were reopened in the spring of 2015, and you won’t want to miss them as you hike to or from the Chimney.

Many folks tell us they feel a real sense of accomplishment after climbing the Outcroppings. Its stairways were rebuilt over two winters (completed in April 2012) with four helicopter airlift operations and zip lines and now offer wider steps and comfortable landings every 12 feet, making the 25-minute trek easier for most. It’s a great way to get in some exercise, and once you reach the top, you’ll have earned bragging rights from hiking the “Ultimate Stairmaster.”

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