Chimney Rock State Park

  • July 12, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Not sure what all there is to do there, as I've never been. But it's close by and I'll have a chance to recon it soon, and put out some ideas for a day trip.

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  • Ron

    At first I was worried that this wouldn't be much of a hike. Wow, I was wrong. My legs are still burning from the workout. Thanks Jim for making this such a fun hike. It was great meeting so many new and especially nice people.

    July 13

  • Ed

    It was nice to meet everyone today.

    If anyone would like a high resolution version of any picture I've uploaded please just email me.

    July 12

  • William H C.

    Another great hiking trip planned by Jim. Had a awesome time, meeting new folks and making new friends. Looking forward to the next trip. Jim makes it so easy, with his well thought out plans. Chimney Rock is a must see for people loving the outdoors. Stunning distance views. No wonder this location is the place they film movies. Great carpooling group!

    1 · July 13

  • Wayne

    I was worried about the short trails beforehand, but the stairs more than made up for a good workout today. Enjoyed the views at the top. Great group to carpool, hike, and break garlic bread with at La Strada. Jim, thanks for making all of this happen today. Looking forward to the next meetup with the group.

    1 · July 12

  • Lynn

    Lots of smiles, lots of laughs, lots of steps, lots of sweat. A terrific day with some pretty cool people. Thanks for leading Jim and enjoy your full moon kayak adventure tonight.

    1 · July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful Day at Chimney Rock we enjoyed panoramic views, beautiful waterfall, amazing tunnel with elevator inside the mountain, and the scenic lake lure. Nice group, good company we enjoyed our day trip to this beautiful park.

    2 · July 12

    • Michelle D.

      Hari we are so very glad you didn't fall off a cliff! :-)

      1 · July 12

    • A former member
      A former member

      :)

      1 · July 12

  • Janet P

    Perfect Day. I'd forgotten how charming the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area is. Also a great group of people. And, with our fearless leader, Jim, how could we lose?

    1 · July 12

  • kristy

    Had an awesome time!

    1 · July 12

  • Michelle D.

    What an excellent day. Chimney Rock is just too awesome for words with all the rocks and views. It was a bit loud and crowded but that is to be expected here during the summer. There were more stairs at this Park than any other I have visited but it's worth it. Great fun and great company and once again Jim thank you for all you do and great job. La Strada was excellent as well. I was able to salvage the photos I took before the poor camera took a hard fall and will download them.

    1 · July 12

  • Jim

    A good time was had by all.

    July 12

  • Holly S

    Great hike!

    July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gim,Good Morning ,we are running late by 15 mins .If you guys can wait for us that would be great .Thanks .

    July 12

    • Ed

      Hari... in case you don't get Jim's note on your car we are all heading to La Strada at 2693 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746

      July 12

  • shae

    Will not be able to make it. Just too tired. Bonnie will be joining you. She will be at the Target at 8am..Enjoy

    July 12

  • Connie H.

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation

    July 12

  • Kim K.

    May I bring my 16 year old son?

    July 9

    • Jim

      Of course!

      July 11

  • Michelle D.

    Is it too late to join you guys? I will meet at Target Rae Road

    1 · July 11

    • Janet P

      don't you dare talk about rain. I've cancelled 2 outings recently and it did not rain in either. Hope your dad feels better.

      July 11

    • Jim

      Please come Michelle! Always room for one more.

      July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. Chimney Rock is one of my favorites. Dad having health issue & is a little depressed, so will be spending day with him. Hope y'all have fun!

    July 11

  • shae

    I am a maybe right now. I have to work late into the wee hours. Not sure if I will be able to Target by 8am. I will try to change my RSVP by 8am if i am not coming..

    July 11

  • William H C.

    I plan to drive, have room for 3 more.

    July 7

    • kristy

      Ok. Great. Are we meeting in front of Target?

      July 9

    • William H C.

      Yes.

      July 9

  • Kim K.

    I can drive, if people need a ride

    July 9

  • Holly S

    Will be at Target to hich a ride if any room! Thanks all

    July 9

  • Leigh, S.

    Need a ride from Target.

    June 21

    • Leigh, S.

      Thanks, but I have to cancel it for family's matter. Enjoy your hiking!

      July 6

    • Janet P

      Sounds great Jim. Thanks for all the planning.

      July 8

  • Annie K.

    been there twice, the small town below the Rock has lots of cute stores, places to eat along a running brook ..... have Fun... I have other plans with another meetup group for camping and kayaking.

    July 6

  • Dorota ".

    I do not need to work that weekend so I am planning to see you all at Stonecrest at 8am

    July 6

  • Jim

    Here's some more details on our meet up. I expect we will arrive at the park entrance a little after 10:00. A few hundred yards past the ticket plaza is a large gravel parking lot on the left. We will wait there until everyone has paid and are assembled. From there we will take the Four Seasons Trail (.6 of a mile, moderate to strenuous) up to the Hickory Nut Falls Trail. Turning right we'll follow the Hickory Nut Falls Trail about a half a mile over fairly flat terrain to the base of the falls. After visiting the falls and the pools at the bottom, we'll backtrack 3/4 of a mile and climb some stairs to the gift shop and the cave. We'll take a few moments to explore the cave (it's very small), then ride the elevator (those with pets must take a trail with many stairs) to the top of the Chimney. Up there we'll take the Skyline Trail (.7 miles, moderate to strenuous) which meanders about the top of the mountain. From there it's all downhill back to the the parking lot!

    July 5

  • Jim

    I did a recon of the park today, and here are my notes: There is an admission charge of $15 per person (NOT per car, per PERSON), which is unusual for a state park but that's the way it is. There are several trails in the park, most of them fairly short, but there is a way to string them together to get a good day's hike and hit all the sights, including the pools at the base of the falls, the cave, and the chimney itself (and several other prominent points). There are good facilities in the park as well, and a restaurant. And the town of Lake Lure right outside the park gates, with its many shops, cafes, and restaurants, is picturesque and worth a visit.

    June 27

    • Amy M.

      I've been to the area before and it's lovely! The fee is to supplement the maintenance of the facilities- like you said..it's really nice. I'm excited to meet everyone and will be driving. Do we meet at Target at 8 or is the hike starting at 8?

      July 1

    • Jim

      We meet at the Target at 8:00, load up the carpoolers, and proceed in caravan to the park, arriving shortly after 10:00.

      July 5

  • Jim

    As usual, I'll have room for three.

    2 · June 27

    • Holly S

      please add me!

      June 30

    • Jim

      I've already got three now, but I'm sure there will be room enough with someone. Looks like there will be several people driving.

      July 5

  • Wayne

    This will be my first time out with the Waxhaw group. I would like to car pool from Stonecrest Target if there is still room available or if you can include me on the standby list. Otherwise I can accommodate two in my car if we need an additional vehicle.

    June 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Make sure you guys check out the website for discount prices for seniors, AAA members, REI members, or if your birthday is the day of the hike. They will give a give $2 discount on the admission price. FYI.

    June 29

  • Connie H.

    Muchas gracias!

    June 29

  • Connie H.

    Jim can I carpool with you?

    June 28

    • Jim

      Sure, you will be my third passenger (Hari and Janet are the others).

      June 28

  • Connie H.

    Would like to carpool and will pay for gas.

    June 25

  • Holly S

    OK, well I'm just going to be at Target and hope I can catch a ride with someone.

    June 23

  • Richard J.

    I can probably drive, and can fit another couple of folks in my car.

    June 22

  • shae

    will need a ride from Target..

    June 17

    • Holly S

      Would like to carpool as well

      June 18

    • shae

      Jim - just saw this. yes would love too

      June 21

  • Janet P

    Yes, yes, yes. I love this place. Jim, you know what I'm going to ask next. Can I ride with you?

    June 17

    • Jim

      You bet!

      June 17

  • Annie K.

    sorry going Camping with the Catawba cruisers

    June 17

  • Dorota ".

    sorry but I can not join the group on this trip. I need to work this day. Maybe another time :)Have fun

    June 17

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