We left Asheville towards Chimney Rock. It was a beautiful drive. Took us through the small enclave of Bat Cave. how can you go wrong with that! Chimney Rock used to be a privately owed attraction but recently in 2007 it was purchased by the State, combined with the neighboring Hickory Nut Gorge State Park as the new Chimney Rock State Park. It is the only N.C. State Park that charges an admission fee. There is also a fee free area at Rumbling Bald and a trail.
But we paid so we could go up to the rock and see the view. Now keep in mind that Momma is afraid of heights so I don’t know how this could turn out. She made it to the top of the rock but that was it.
Chimney Rock rises 315 feet from the parking area. Through a series of steps you ascend the bluffs. There is an elevator also but it was broken at the time of our visit. I wouldn’t have taken it anyway but momma…. I don’t know…… We passed through a formation known as “The Subway”. It’s not necessary…. a trail goes around it…. but it’s here so why not!?
2280 Feet not even as tall as Moore’s Knob back in the Sauratowns but high enough to give outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and Hickory Nut Gorge.
But the trail doesn’t end here! After a few minutes of trying to coax Momma higher I set out on my own to see what else was up here. After another half mile or so I came to Exclamation Point! It is about 200 feet higher.
I hiked back down the bluffs to Chimney Rock where momma was waiting. We decided to do the hike to Hickory Nut Falls. Hickory Nut Falls is a 404 foot horse tail falls into Hickory Nut Gorge. It is one of the highest falls east of the Mississippi River.
“Look with open eyes, and you will see the beauty of the waterfall”Anthony Hincks
If you are a movie buff this has to look familiar to you. Hickory Nut Falls is where the final battle scene in “The Last of the Mohicans ” was filmed.
After our hike we found the greatest little café in the village of Chimney Rock, run by the park system. The food was great and cheaply priced and we ate on a patio overlooking the Broad River.
What a great vacation trip. From our outstanding cabin with views to everywhere we visited this is one of our better travel memories……………………..