Chimney Rock State Park

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 think this number has changed due to new staircases, etc.)

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

Some of our Chimney Rock Hikes

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

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 photos. Today was such a glorious day! I had errands … Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock

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 ice up there. I made it as far as the … Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock

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 winter, but Chimney Rock is close to home and open. My … Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

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 up to Exclamation Point. It isn’t very far, but almost … Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock

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.  

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Chimney Rock

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. Today, I waited until around 11 am to go the … Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock in Autumn

Fall is beautiful and it is especially so from the top of Exclamation Point above the Chimney. I caught the light just right on these pictures.  I hope the web doesn’t blur out some of the beauty.

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Chimney Rock State Park

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’ve walked by these birdhouses for years and not really paid … Continue reading Chimney Rock State Park

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Hickory Nut Falls

Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls

Four Seasons Trail: 1.54 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot Starting Elevation at the Meadows: 1400′ Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 2.06 Miles Round Trip Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall – Elevation 2077′ Breakdown of steps on these 2 sections:  226 steps – Four Seasons Trail to … Continue reading Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls

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Hickory Nut Falls

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 water and was running really fast. The Rocky Broad River … Continue reading Hickory Nut Gorge

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Four Seasons Trail

Hikes, April 8-13, 2013

Monday, Chimney Rock State Park 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 were hurting after Saturday’s 10 … Continue reading Hikes, April 8-13, 2013

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Deer at Chimney Rock

Sightings at Chimney Rock

Mom and new little fawn with wobbly legs. 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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Skyline Trailhead

Skyline Trail

September 9, 2017 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 been re-routed and fencing was added at the top … Continue reading Skyline Trail

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Chimney Rock on 911

Spending 911 in the Park

What Better Place to Spend this Solemn Day 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. What better … Continue reading Spending 911 in the Park

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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 the park and at the shops in downtown Chimney Rock. … Continue reading Spring Comes to Chimney Rock

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