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Skyline Trailhead

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 been re-routed and fencing was added at the top of Hickory Nut Falls to keep …

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Chimney Rock

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 up to Exclamation Point. It isn’t very far, but almost every step is on stairs. …

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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 thought I’d at least get pictures of the birdhouses that document some of the species …

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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 Peregrine Falcons up on the cliff ledges. The local bird societies were keeping track 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 isn’t easy and I realize just how much fitness I have lost since last November. …

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2016 Mar17 CRSP 1

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 Outcroppings.” [pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”right”]1322 STEPS TO TOP![/pullquote3]I had counted the stairs a few years ago, before …

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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 winter, but Chimney Rock is close to home and open. My hike was just limited to …

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Chimney Rock

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 photos. This little trip out to Chimney Rock was my first test with my new …

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Chimney Rock

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 photos. Today was such a glorious day! I had errands and chores, but mid afternoon, …

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Crsp Work 04

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 ice up there. I made it as far as the Opera Box. Looking down from …

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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 State Park

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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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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. Today, I waited until around 11 am to go the park and the line at …

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Deer at Chimney Rock

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 the park and at the shops in downtown Chimney Rock. I parked at Grady’s Discovery …

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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.

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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. What better place to spend 911 than in a National or State Park?!!? Apparently, dozens …

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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 running through the gorge was …

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Four Seasons Trail

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 were hurting after Saturday’s 10 mile hike, but after the first half mile, everything went …

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Exclamation Point at Chimney Rock

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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 virtually frozen in place waiting on another warm day before sprouting its blooms. I saw …

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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 the first of next week. I made a mental note to go back Monday to …

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Four Seasons Trail

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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 nut shells all over the staircases on the trail. Busy little fellers! This little trail …

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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 elevation gain totals. Yeah!

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Chimney Rock

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 mileage a little bit. Today, I hiked the Four Seasons Trail (1.2 miles round trip …

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