We are currently in Sedona this week. This blog is one I have from last summer that I hadn’t posted yet. Follow me on Instagram for photos on my Sedona Trip!
We were on our way to the Asheville, North Carolina and of course, we were looking for some hiking. We found Chimney Rock State Park to be the hiking we were looking for! Located only 25 miles south of Asheville, it was the perfect place to stop.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park has many different trails for hiking. We choose the iconic Chimney Rock Trail itself. The Rock itself is one large monolith protruding from the side of the hill and resembling a chimney. On top of this large rock, the US Flag is flying proudly.
Hiking Chimney Rock Trail
Getting to the flag is no easy feat though, if you choose not to use the elevator. There are 420 steps to the top of Chimney Rock. You will pass some points of interest along the way such as, The Subway, Vista Rock, and The Cave.
Once on top, you can see across the gorge below. You can also see Lure Lake, which we had passed on they way in. It was a hot day. Regardless, with a few rest breaks, plenty of water, and determination, it was worth every step!
Hiking Hickory Nut Falls Trail
Hickory Nut Falls was our next hike. This hike is a 1.4 mile round trip, out and back trail. The trail is well maintained and actually a very pleasant, although short, hike. The falls themselves were quite beautiful. Standing at over 400 feet, the area was lush and tranquil. We were told by staff that this waterfall was featured in the movie, “The Last of the Mohicans”. Of course, now I am going to have to watch this show sooner or later just to spot the waterfall!
There are many other hiking opportunities at Chimney Rock State Park, which we would have enjoyed exploring. Unfortunately, it was over 90 F and quite muggy so we called it a day and headed to Asheville. This is really a great park and easily accessible for most people. I would visit here again if I was in the area.
18 thoughts on “Hiking in Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina”
Just followed you and great pics!
Thanks!! I just followed you back!! Now on to the my morning hike!!!
We are pretty proud of our state and the beautiful hiking. And Asheville is a fun place to visit. I hope it was a great time for you and you’ll be back!
We will be sure to be back!! Steve’s son lives in Raleigh!!
That sure looks like a lot of fun and beautiful too. We don’t travel much. Day trips mostly. So I’m not likely to ever get there. But my sister moved to TN last year and I’ll tell her about this.
We do, however, live not to far from Sedona. I love the red rocks and all the hiking opportunities. Have fun! I’m sure you will.
It was fun! I am really enjoying Sedona!!
What a great hike! Those views of Lure lake are definitely worth the effort! Thanks for sharing and happy trails 😊
It was a great time! Thanks for commenting!
Great post. This looks like fun! I’m glad to see that other people pull out an old one now and then. When I started my blog I was going to keep a record of my travels in chronological order, but every now and then you just have to back track to something you skipped or forgot about.
That’s right! Works great when I am on vacation and too busy to write for the week!
those look like a couple of great hikes. We’ve been to Asheville before, and loved it there. Enjoy your time in Sedona, that’s on our bucket list!
Sedona has been on our list for awhile! We love it here!!!
I’m sure it’s a good time of the year to be visiting Sedona as well. Enjoy!
So far so good!!
Look like some great hikes and that scenery is immense. You must never ever get fed up with some of those amazing views. Brilliant.