Chimney Rock State Park is a natural attraction covering 1000 acres with an elevation of 2,280 feet overlooking Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. On a clear day the view spans as far as Kings Mountain, seventy-five miles to the east. You can take the elevator 26 stories inside the mountain to reach the top of the Chimney and the trails. Chimney Rock State Park hosts special events throughout the year, including an Easter sunrise service, an Earth Day celebration, demonstrations, and guided nature walks. Scenes from the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans were filmed along the Cliff trail. Chimney Rock State Park is located 14 miles east of Hendersonville in the Hickory Nut Gorge area of Rutherford County. For additional information call (800) 277-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com
Chimney Rock is currently undergoing capital improvement projects resulting in the temporary closure of the elevator as well as some amenities and trails. Please visit www.chimneyrockpark.com/progress for updated information.