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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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