The lady at the ticket window said that the rate to get into Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina would be discounted to $12 today because the elevator to the top wasn't working. "Well", I asked "how difficult is the climb?" She responded with "Oh, not bad. It's 491 steps on a staircase." And she showed us a picture. We took a few seconds to respond with, Ok, Let's Do This!
My friend Susan had willingly agreed to a trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock in North Carolina. I hadn't been in a long time and decided that spring would be the perfect time to go. We were at Chimney Rock in the morning so the heat wouldn't be bad. Why not climb to the top? And so we did.
Chimney Rock only recently became a state park - in 2007. Before that it was privately owned by the Morse family for 100 years. Dr. Morse came to the area after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. He bought the Chimney and surrounding area in 1902 and started a dirt road up the property to the cliffs in 1916. He even built his family home on that dirt road.
Dr. Morse was a very smart man, as it is one of the most beautiful views around. That's the view of Lake Lure from the top of Chimney Rock.
It's not only known for it's great views, it's also famous for being the filming spot for the 1992 movie "The Last of the Mohicans" starring Daniel Day-Lewis. You can hike many more trails besides the hike to the top and see some of the spots from the movie.
We made it the 491 steps to the top of the Chimney. I'll admit I was winded and my legs felt like jelly. But I didn't have as much problem as I thought I would. I'd even do it again!
Chimney Rock State Park is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina in the village of Chimney Rock. Normal admission to the state park is $15. But it will be discounted for awhile as it appears that the elevator is closed indefinitely. There is a gift shop, restrooms and a snack bar (with a wicked view) at the top.
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