Plan Your Visit to Chimney Rock Park
hikers enjoying the view from atop Chimney Rock in North Carolina

In Their Words

I had a wonderful time hiking, camp firing and laying under the stars and moon in such a miraculous meadow...when daybreak started it was a soul touching eruption of the morning's sun.

Enjoying the View

You don’t have to be adventurous to visit Chimney Rock. Heck, you don’t even have to be a nature lover, though we think you’ll be one when you leave.

You see, here you can enjoy sweeping North Carolina mountain views and put as little or as much energy into your visit as you want. Of course, adventure seekers, outdoorsy types and avid hikers will all find something to love at Chimney Rock, but so will those of you who like to take things a little bit slower.

Our 26-story elevator makes the ride to Chimney level a mere 35 seconds. From there, the North Carolina mountain views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge spread out before you. Relax on our Sky Lounge patio and simply bask in nature’s glory.

If you’re feeling so inclined, you can 'incline' up to the Chimney, just 44 stairs, or amble up to the Opera Box for a different perspective on the view. So, if you’re into enjoying your North Carolina mountain views without strapping on your boots, you’ll love Chimney Rock as much as the hikers, rock climbers and thrill seekers.

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