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"If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." --- Yogi Berra

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Chimney Rock State Park

  • Total Distance: 4.7 Miles RT
  • Total Elevation Gain: 1329′

Trails

  • Four Seasons Trail: 1.54 Miles Round Trip
    Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot – Elevation Gain: 354′
  • Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 2.06 Miles Round Trip
    Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall – Elevation Gain: 417′
  • Visitor’s Parking Lot to Exclamation Point: 1.1 Miles RT – Elevation Gain: 558′
  • Skyline Trail: 2.0 Miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 472′

The Outcroppings: .5 Mile Round Trip
Made up of staircases from upper parking lot to Chimney Chimney Elevation: 2280′

Skyline Trail: 2 Mile Round Trip
Begins at Chimney to top of Exclamation Point Exclamation Point Elevation: 2480′

1322 Steps at the Park! (I actually counted them.)

Breakdown of steps:

  • 226 steps – Four Seasons Trail to bottom of Staircase
  • 76 steps  – Staircase from Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls Trail
  • 176 steps – Hickory Nut Falls Trail to Upper Parking Lot
  • 194 steps – Parking Lot to Vista Point
  • 270 steps – Vista Point to Bottom of Chimney Steps
  • 76 steps – Bottom of Chimney Steps to the Opera Box
  • 80 steps – Opera Box to Devil’s Head
  • 224 steps – Devil’s Head to Exclamation Point at the top
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  • September 9, 2017

    Skyline Trail 2.0 Miles Round Trip from Exclamation Point – Elevation Gain: 472′ After several years of closure, the Skyline Trail was re-opened in September of 2017. Apparently, the original trail was closed after a toddler fell to its death.  Since then, the trail has …

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  • February 10, 2017

    It was a sunny day in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s, my favorite hiking weather.  I parked in the upper parking lot and started my hike in the middle.  First, I  climbed the stairs to the Chimney and then onto the Devil’s Head and …

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  • March 24, 2016

    It was another great day at Chimney Rock. I feel so fortunate that this is practically in my backyard. I keep taking the same pictures each time I go.  I guess I keep thinking that each view is prettier than it was the day before. I …

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  • March 24, 2016

    BIRDWATCHING I’ve walked by these birdhouses for years and not really paid much attention to them. Today, I thought I’d take a picture of each one. Each birdhouse highlights a species common on the state park property. Last year, there was a nesting pair of …

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  • March 21, 2016

    REDBUDS I guess I’m trying to make up for sitting on my butt all winter, but over the past 8 days, I have hiked 22 miles!  That is 22 MOUNTAIN miles, folks.  My legs feel like noodles.  Going straight up steps or up steep grades …

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  • March 17, 2016

    So, during my workout hike at Chimney Rock State Park, I counted 1322 steps on the main trails leading from the Lower Parking Lot at the ticket booth to the very top at Exclamation Point.  This does not include a few “detours” through the “Subway”and “The …

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  • March 11, 2016

    Getting Back in the Swing of Things The beautiful, spring-like weather was very welcome after a busy, rainy winter. We haven’t had good weather on our off days that have allowed us to keep up our hiking routine. The BRP is still closed for the …

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  • May 6, 2015

    I bought a new camera. Tired of the limitations of the iPhone and point-and-shoot cameras, Phil thought it was time to get a Nikon D3200 digital SLR with a couple of lenses. We go to so many beautiful places and now we can get higher quality …

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  • May 6, 2015

    I bought a new camera. Tired of the limitations of the iPhone and point-and-shoot cameras, Phil thought it was time to get a Nikon D3200 digital SLR with a couple of lenses. We go to so many beautiful places and now we can get higher quality …

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  • January 20, 2015

    This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. I couldn’t get to Exclamation Point because there is still some serious …

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  • CRSP

    This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. Here are a few pictures of some the working being done. [image title=”Autumn at Chimney Rock” …

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  • July 25, 2014

    I guess it is a good thing that Chimney Rock State Park is so popular. To view the Chimney and get the most out of the park, you have to climb a whole lot of stairs. The forced exercise is all part of the experience. …

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  • Sightings at Chimney Rock

    Every once in awhile you get come across a neat little creature.  This doe and fawn was so peaceful until I interrupted them.

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  • Spring Comes to Chimney Rock

    After driving home from Greensboro yesterday, I decided to take a short walk through the woods on the Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park. As it was Good Friday, the park was crowded. Families were out in droves in …

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  • CRSP

    Springtime is glorious at the park.  It seems the Little Sweet Betsy trillium comes out earlier there than anywhere else in the surrounding area.  The Four Seasons trailhead is carpeted in periwinkle.  It’s just beautiful. [image title=”””Little Sweet Betsy” Trillium Trillium Cuneatum” …

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  • Spending 911 in the Park

    Listening to the news this morning and remembering 911 was more than I could bear. It has  been 12 years, but seems only like last week. With all of the craziness in the world, I just needed to be outside somewhere in a tranquil setting. …

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  • Hickory Nut Gorge

    Over the past few days, we have gotten a lot of rain in Western NC. We thought we would drive down to Chimney Rock to check the condition of the river. The creek beside Hwy 64 going down to the gorge had a lot of …

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  • Hikes, April 8-13, 2013

    After taking Sunday off, I didn’t want to completely seize up. I ran over to Chimney Rock and did a quick up and down. This time, I counted the steps. I only counted an official step. Not all steps up were official steps. My feet …

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  • CRSP

    March 29, Good Friday.  It was a very Good Friday. I packed my backpack with a few fun things and set out for my daily workout walking up Four Seasons Trail at Chimney Rock State Park. The trillium that had come up last week was …

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  • CRSP

    It was a beautiful day so I ran up to Chimney Rock for a hike.I walked the Four Seasons Trail up to the parking lot. There were some surprising signs of spring! The signature 3 leaf trillium had sprouted. It should start to bloom by …

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  • CRSP

    Took a pleasant little walk in the woods today. Chimney Rock Park’s Four Seasons Trail is short, moderate and close to home. As you may see in the picture of the steps below, the little squirrels were hard at work with their nuts. They left …

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  • CRSP

    Continuing along with my hiking, yesterday I ran over to Chimney Rock and walked up and down the stairs. This is really hard to do when you are doing it as fast as you can. So, I can add a little to my mileage and …

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  • Monday Hike at the Chimney

    Total miles hiked: 1.7 Total vertical: tba Chimney Rock Park is having a few issues right now. The Hickory Nut Falls trail is closed due to a rock slide. The trail from the “Devil’s Head” to “Exclamation Point” is closed too. This messes up my …

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