Explore the most popular walking trails in Chimney Rock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Short easy hike to a spectacular waterfall! Wish I’d planned better and brought a picnic!

First, we took the Outcroppings trail - the view from chimney rock is great. Beware, it is literally pure stairs (I personally don't consider that a "hike"). It is also extremely windy up there (at least, it was today). We went on to the exclamation point trail, which led to exclamation point. Another nice view, but again, almost entirely stairs - not real "hiking" for me. From there, we took the skyline trail. Finally, we were off wood stairs and on the ground. Peregine's point from this trail allows for a beautiful lookout. The end of the trail is totally underwhelming - you can see some little waterfalls through the trees. If I did it again, I would turn around at Peregine's point, personally. Overall, not a bad trip, but I probably would not visit again.

Very cute and a achievable trail. My 4 yr old loved every second.

Skyline is hardly worth the walk, and our least favorite in the park (id rate it a 2 out of 5 for “ worth it “ points) . That being said, exclamation point is very pretty and worth the extra effort!

Went in the early spring, 70 degrees and sunny. Trail is well maintained with lots of gravel. The falls are beautiful. Had it been a little bit later in the season we would have all tried to get in. Tip: bring a towel so you have the option to go in.

Nice gradual climb to massive cascade-type waterfall. Definitely best to come in the spring or after a good rain; otherwise the waterfall will be a waterdrip. Good hike provided you did not already use up all of your energy climbing to Chimney Rock.

2 months ago

No trailhead, no blazes, but the trail is well worn and easy to follow. Very rocky, very steep ascent but the view is great. No water source until the near the top. It took us 30 minutes to get to the old car.

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2 months ago

Definitely strenuous but rewarding view at the end. The trailhead is not well marked and not much parking at the trailhead but overall we all enjoyed it

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3 months ago

I loved this quick hike so much I did it two days in a row. To party rock, it is about 900 ft elevation, I suppose, all within a mile. It is a good, fun climb. Once you see the abandoned car on the side of the trail (how it got there and how many years it has been there, I have no clue?!), you are almost to Party Rock. Take the left trail to the lookout. The views are wonderful. It is the best view of Lake Lure I have found without paying to go into Chimney Rock SP.

Short, easy, great rock features along the way. Well maintained. Falls are impressive. Must pay 13 dollars to access trail in Chimney Rocks Park. Parking just past trailhead.

Loved this....it’s reviving from the fire nicely... awesome please and the boulders are beautiful !! ❤️❤️❤️

Came here the day after Thanksgiving and parking lot was packed with rock climbers. Never made it on the trail because the ranger suggested we go somewhere else

great for hiking and climbing

Great views, only a few people there at 8 30 in the morning in September. the trail is easy to hike but the view of the falls and the gorge are very nice.

Moderately easy trail with some stretches of incline. No dramatic vistas. Would not recommend this trail unless you were planning on climbing the walls and boulders nearby. Still a pleasant hike on a beautiful day.

very enjoyable. we took the east to west loop. first part of trail each way was gravel.at the top the trail thinned out, one small stretch was a little dicey but, overall, an easy trail. We didn't see any waterfalls.

Beautiful waterfall! Nice light walk too.

lots of folks doing this one

Definitely a cool waterfall to check out.

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9 months ago

Wide trail with minimal inclines to a waterfall and views. Dog friendly.

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10 months ago

Last trail of the day, and with a thunderstorm approaching, we decided to take a quick hike up to the base of Hickory Nut Falls. The trail is pretty easy, a gradual climb to a viewing platform. The falls were rolling but not thundering and you can get a picture with the whole falls to the top if you stand on the flat rock to the left just before the platform. The view is much better from the platform at the top of the falls, but it appears the trail past Exclamation Point is closed for either repair or just for special groups now. This trail is short and the falls worth a visit.

Great trail for kids with an interactive scavenger hunt.

Easy ans enjoyable trail.

Get here early to avoid big crowds, even on the weekdays. The rock formations are cool to look at while you walk, the trail itself is mostly gravel and easy. The waterfall is nice and makes for good picture but overall it's kind of a boring trail.

heavy traffic today. pretty walk.

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11 months ago

Nice trail. Recent wildfire, so not much new growth yet. Still enjoyed the hike though.

Chimney Rock State Park is great but the Hickory Nut Falls trail was the best part. The trailhead is located on the curve just below the main parking lot up by Chimney Rock. It is well-marked with an arch and large sign so you won't miss it. There had been particularly heavy rain in the area the night before for the falls were particularly full and beautiful. The walk to the falls from the trailhead was easy. It's a very gradual incline on a wide and relatively smooth path and there is a fenced in observation area at the base of the falls. Try to plan your visit for a day after a rainstorm!

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11 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall hike. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Chimney Rock State Park.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

This is a really easy trail, short and not too much of an elevation change. If you are just getting into hiking, its a good trail to start with. The waterfall at the end tends to be at its best in spring or after it rains.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Great hike, but I went to the wrong location courtesy of this app. Not the right directions!!!

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