Hickory Nut Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Lure, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 295 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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river

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waterfall

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NOTE: This park is experiencing access limitations currently due to COVID-19. The park is only open Fridays - Tuesdays, 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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muddy
3 days ago

Beautiful view at the end of trail

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closed
2 months ago

Currently closed due to Covid-19

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2 months ago

Worth the 4 hour drive

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2 months ago

Drove 45 miles to find the park is closed. No sign or website information.

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2 months ago

The trail is in the park. It cost 17$ to get through to the parking lot, you can shuttle up to the top of Chimney Rock or you can hike the trails all the way up. Personally since we paid to get in, we shuttled up top and then made our way down the trails back to the parking lot. Hickory Nut Falls trail was easy and a nice stroll along the cliff side. Once there you can see the beautiful waterfall. There’s a lot of space to sit and you can climb down into the water.

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2 months ago

Nice trail, well marked. We were surprised to find ourselves practically in the waterfall. I would absolutely come back at explore at Chimney Rock state park again.

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2 months ago

Awesome and Easy hike to hickory nut falls. View from tonight chimney rock was exceptional. This is a great day hike for hikers young and old alike.

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2 months ago

Cool, relatively easy trail. Hiked it with family in about 45 minutes. Out and back trail with a really cool waterfall at the end.

3 months ago

Love the 404 Ft falls!

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Trail was very manageable but was hard on our 80 year old grandmother due to a few slight elevation changes. It’s pretty and the falls were nice but I wouldn’t go there specifically for this trail since there is an entry fee.

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3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall, lots of water this time of year.

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4 months ago

Easy and better from the bottom. Went up the stairs for Gneiss cave then took elevator to chimney rock

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5 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall. Fun if you're in the area looking for something easy to do outdoors. Would call it a "hike" but certainly a nice walk through the woods. Chimney Rock Village at the park entrance is a lot of fun as well and can make for a nice full day exploring both.

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6 months ago

We had lots of fun, my 2 year old walked most of it. The colors are gorgeous right now and the falls are pretty.

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7 months ago

More stairs! Great views.

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7 months ago

Easy hike with lots of shades

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8 months ago

Easy hike. Great view of the falls from the base.

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8 months ago

Lots of shade along the way! Not difficult at all.

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9 months ago

Great hike for us, went on a weekday. 17 bucks each to enter the park, but if you figure what there is to see in the area, you’re breaking even on fuel to get to other places

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10 months ago

Super easy trail to waterfall. Took my elderly mom with a walking stick and she managed just fine. Have to pay to get into park for access. You aren’t allowed to swim at the pool at bottom of waterfall.

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10 months ago

Great trail... I hiked this trail with my husband, my parents, my 13 and 3 year old. Very easy trail and the water fall makes it all worth it in the end.

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10 months ago

Very nice walk. Waterfall felt great.

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10 months ago

Family friendly trail, gravel groomed, good for dogs. The waterfall was amazing. Combine this with the walk up to Chimney Rock, plus checking out the town at the entrance to the park, gives you an awesome day trip.

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11 months ago

Easy uphill hike.

11 months ago

Spectacular falls within the state park. The overlook above the falls affords great views of the falls and the surrounding mountains

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11 months ago

Neat hike. Easy. Platform at the falls started getting pretty crowded.

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11 months ago

Good easy hike with kids. Incredible view at the base of the waterfall. Kids could get their feet wet in the calm, shallow pool at the base of the falls. Pretty heavy traffic on the weekend.

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11 months ago

The waterfall is beautiful. It's a well-maintained gravel trail from Chimney Rock (you have to pay to use this part of the trail), a few rock crossing areas, mostly flat and a steady uphill on the way there. We went in the late afternoon, which I wouldn't do again—lots of traffic. The base of the falls has a viewing platform.

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