Views and Trails
Chimney Rock, the 535-million-year-old monolith for which the Park is named, is considered one of the most iconic sites in North Carolina. From its top, you’ll soak in the 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. For the adventure-seekers, you can hike to the top of this towering 315-foot rock formation via the Outcroppings trail. Looking for a less intense journey? A state-of-the-art elevator is also available to get you closer to the top of the Chimney, leaving just 44-steps to the breath-taking view. At an elevation of 2,280 feet above sea level, this mountaintop experience will take your breath away. The climb is well worth the effort!