The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Chimney Rock Park, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas 
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio

Chimney Rock Park  is a  natural scenic attraction nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just above Lake Lure. Southeast of Asheville and only a short drive from Hendersonville, this 1000-acre park provides breathtaking views from its many trails and from the top of the 315-foot monolithic “Chimney Rock.”
   Towering 315 over the village of
Chimney Rock, the park which was privately owned, in 2007 became Chimney Rock State Park, one of the newest North Carolina state parks. With an elevation range from about 1,100 feet to 2,800 feet, the park is expanding to include some 5,000 acres.
   The park features three hiking trails that lead to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. At 2,280 feet above sea level, Chimney Rock is a 535-million-year-old remnant of igneous rock. You can climb a trail to its top, or take the 26-story elevator carved out of solid rock if you wish.
  The movie “Last of the Mohicans” was filmed at Chimney Rock, and you may recognize part of the Cliff Trail from scenes in the film. Picnic tables and grills are located along the roadway to the Chimney Rock, and a less strenuous trail leads to the base of Hickory Nut Falls. There is also a nature center on the access road where you may learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the park.

Website: Chimney Rock Park
Southeast of
Chimney Rock, NC 28740
Distance: From Asheville, approximately 25 miles -a 45-minute drive
Telephone: 828-625-9611, 800-277-9611
Hours: Open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST (5:30 DST). Park closes 1½ hour after ticket office closes.
Fees: Adult and child rates
Allow: 2-3 hours
Tips: Best long-distance views on clear days, take good hiking shoes
Lake Lure
Directions: From Hendersonville, take Hwy. 64 East. Turn right on Hwy. 74 to Chimney Rock.
From Asheville, take I-240 East to Exit 9 (Bat Cave, Blue Ridge Parkway) and continue on Hwy. 74A through Fairview and Hickory Nut Gap to Chimney Rock.



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