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Near our Cabins: Chimney Rock Park

In our Area: Lake Lure | Chimney Rock | Asheville | Biltmore | Blue Ridge Parkway |
Dragon Races | Olympiad | Dirty Dancing Festival

Located just a mile from our vacation rental cabins and cottages is Chimney Rock State Park, the natural fulfillment of your trip to the mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mists of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more.

From your cabin, drive a mile to the village of Chimney Rock (with many shops and restaurants). When you arrive at the Park gates in Chimney Rock Village, proceed across the wooden bridge and continue one mile up to the Ticket Plaza. From the Ticket Plaza, it’s two more miles to the upper parking lot, elevator, trails, and the Chimney.

You can take the elevator up to the foot of the famous 315-foot monolith (or climb up a fun maze of stairs through narrow passageways). Then climb a few stairs to enjoy the sweeping views of the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge. At a soaring elevation of 2,280 feet with its 75-mile views, this mountain top experience will take your breath away.

Featured in movies like the Last of the Mohicans, don't miss the Hickory Nut Waterfall. However you reach the Falls, it’s well worth the effort. From the top, it's a spectacular vertical drop of 404 feet. From below, it's a cool, refreshing stop. Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, can be reached by hiking along the Skyline-Cliff Trail Loop to its top or by taking the gentler walk via the Hickory Nut Falls trail to a platform at its bottom. Get a majestic perspective of the Falls from Peregrine's Rest on the Skyline trail, or Inspiration Point along the Cliff trail.
 
The Park features more than 3.5 miles of nature trails. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to see rare and indigenous plants, unusual geological formations and a variety of native wildlife. The trails range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Whether you want a leisurely stroll, a challenging hike or something fun and interactive for the kids, Chimney Rock Park has the perfect trail for you. Most trails are open all year, weather permitting.
 
Best Time to Visit:
  • Come early in the morning to avoid crowds and take advantage of the cool mountain air. The Park opens everyday at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Come late in the afternoon. If you purchase your ticket after 4pm, you can come back for more the next day on the same ticket. This is the perfect opportunity to catch the views from the Chimney, get your bearings, and then come back the next day to hike and explore.
    Weekends are our busiest days. July and October are our busiest months. If you like to hike in solitude, try coming on a weekday or during slower months.
  • Best times to take in the view: Fall and winter are great times for expansive, clear views of the mountains. Because the air is cooler, there is less chance for haze and in the winter the leafless trees don’t block the views.

Best Hiking Practices:

  • Hydrate and re-fuel often. Bring extra water to stay hydrated along the trails. There are no potable water sources along the trail. You can purchase bottled water in the Sky Lounge and at Moonshiner’s Cave. Pack a snack or a picnic lunch to keep you going. Picnic tables are located along the road and hiking trails. You can also eat in the Sky Lounge Deli or at the Old Rock Café. Both restaurants can make you a Hiker’s Lunch to take with you.
  • Wear comfortable shoes made for hiking or walking. The trails in the Park are maintained but are naturally rugged. This can make for unsure footing if you wear inappropriate shoes such as flip-flops, sandals, heels or slides.
  • Mountain weather can be very unpredictable. Even in the summer, mornings and nights can be chilly. And, it can be sunny on one ridge and raining on the next ridge over. When choosing what to wear, prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Dress in layers and bring your rain jacket.

So You'll Know:

  • Pet Policy: Dogs are welcome to hike the trails at the Park. Just keep them on a leash and clean up after them. They are not allowed on the elevator or in the Sky Lounge due to State
  • Health Laws. Be prepared to hike and get some exercise with your pooch!
  • The views are accessible to everyone! The Park is wheelchair accessible except for the Chimney and trails. Wheelchairs and handicapped parking are available.
  • Strollers are not recommended on the trails. Rent a kiddy pack for the day for only $8.
  • There are no restrooms on the trails. Make sure you take advantage of the restrooms located in the Meadows, the upper parking lot and the Sky Lounge before heading out.

Read the history of Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure.

After your visit to Chimney Rock Park, relax in your vacation rental cabin. Other attractions in the area include Lake Lure, Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville.


Four Seasons Cottages & Cabins
Lake Lure, North Carolina, near Chimney Rock Park
25 miles from Asheville & Biltmore Estate
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Pat Cook, Owner