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Exclamation Point and Skyline Trail to Hickory Nut Falls

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Chimney Rock State Park

Exclamation Point and Skyline Trail to Hickory Nut Falls is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chimney Rock, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 1,046 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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NOTE: This park is experiencing access limitations currently due to COVID-19. The park is now open daily from 8:30am - 5:30pm, and the park may temporarily suspend access if it gets too busy. Please check here for more information: https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/2020/05/11/thinking-about-visiting-the-park/ As of May 2020, the upper parking area is closed due to construction. Visitors must buy tickets to enter the park. Please check here for more information: https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/info-and-tickets/

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Zak Windstein
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A lot of stairs and a lot of fun. We did it with a 5 and 3 year old and they made it the whole way. Would recommend for sure!

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Tracey Flynn
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The waterfall is a bummer. Definitely see this waterfall from the bottom . The trail was very easy and marked clearly . Nice views before you reCh the top . Cool vista of seeing Chimney rock where the flag is.

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Sam Crowley
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Waterfall was disappointing but the point before it was stunning

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Alex Proctor
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I highly recommend reaching Exclamation Point. The skyline trail offers views from Peregrine’s Point and the upper portion of Hickory Nut Falls before it falls over the edge. The view of the water was a little underwhelming. I’m not sure if I’d recommend the extra distance on the skyline trail. But if you want an extra challenge and exercise, I say go for it.

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janice roble
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Do the Exclamation Point Trail (great view) but NOT Skyline Trail. Skyline is supposed to take you to the took top of the waterfall but you really can’t see the waterfall from the top (seriously). Do the Hickory Nut Falls Trail at Chimney Rock instead because it takes you to the bottom of the 400+ foot falls and you can actually go in the waterfall.

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Natalie Le
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View up chimney rock was great. The four season trail is the only way up as of 5/15. We started around 1pm and was met with a lot of people coming down. So its a heavily trafficked hike. We went on to do exclamation point and skyline. Came back around 6pm with plenty of rest in between. I think we should have stopped at exclamation point as the view at the top of the waterfall is not much and not worth the hike up imo.

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Dylan Pellegrin
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Me and my Fiancé did this trail for the first time. The stairs in the beginning were miserable up to chimney rock, but once you get past them the hike actually starts. Beautiful hike and scenery all the way to Hickory Nut waterfall.

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Robert Hunter
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With late fall here, lots more viewing areas, lots of elevation change for a shorter hike. Some new additions were evident, a few benches, pic-nic tables and Perrigrine overlook, very nice. We cheated this time here and rode the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock, then hit all the stairs to Exclamation Point Lots of elevation change, old fogeys like me, this will pump you up!

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James Redmon
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Jefferson Pereira de Barros
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Beautiful trail well maintained. However I personally dont like because my expectation was at least see the landscape what you can't, the trail end before you reach out that better view.

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Seth Cole
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Really fun hike if you are looking for a challenge! Lots of steep stairs at the beginning, so be prepared. Hickory Nut Falls is probably better viewed from the bottom rather than this trail.

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Lisa Johnson
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9/23/19. Admission fee, $17 per person but great hike. Lots of stairs! Not much of a waterfall at top but could be due to drought. Nice vistas at various lookout points.

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Babeth Vink
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Beautiful hike (did it about 2 months ago). Pretty views especially if you walk past where most people are, all the way to the top. Heavily trafficked. Mostly walking up stairs.

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Michele Pulaski
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Skyline trail just ends... but if you are looking for extra miles it’s a good hike. Easy... well paved

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Gabriel Perez
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Great trail. awesome views. definitely challenging with all the stairs. Not for someone not in decent shape.

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Sarah Dirosa
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Overall a great trail! The stair area is touristy but leads to some beautiful views! The additional trail at the top is less traveled and takes you to the top of the falls, which is gorgeous!

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Diana Mc
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Amazing and beautiful. Will do it again.

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Jill Hensley
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This was a hard trail, but I set the goal to go to the top and I did!

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Rebecca Phifer
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It was really busy to the top of chimney rock but beautiful view. Then you can follow the trail to the top of the falls. There wasn’t too much elevation change on this part of the trail because once it got to the top it just followed the ridge line.

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Janice Kennedy
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This hike which is a lot of stairs is great exercise but mostly for the views. My 11 year old kicked my but walking up the stairs. When you reach the top you can get a snack which he loved. Not a real hike but again, great for the scenery.

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Gemma OD
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Get the elevator to Chimney rock to skip the first set of stairs. If you only walk to exclamation point is mostly stairs but if you continue to skyline then its a nice trail. Overall nice hike not too hard and with nice views.

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Nelu Nelu
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Too much woo stairs, it is not a real hiking to me. But the view was awesome!! Beautiful place.

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Mike Brooks
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Took the stairs from the parking area bs then did the Exclamation and Skyline. Lots of steps and very little hiking but the views are awesome. The Skyline trail is mundane though.

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Erica Zaragoza
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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!

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Kelly Harvey
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Tanya O’Toole
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Craig Morse
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Ed Lapine
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Robert Benavente
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