Although many millions of people around the world have witnessed the natural beauty of this area at the movies or on TV, as it was one of the locations in the 1992 version of The Last of The Mohicans, only those who have been there or read the credits realized this. Chimney Rock State Park is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the Appalachian Mountains. The Associated Press and ABC News recently included Chimney Rock's 404' high Hickory Nut Falls as one of the best places in North Carolina to view fall foliage and waterfalls. Southern Living Magazine readers from Delaware to Texas voted Chimney Rock in the top three places for most scenic views and it was featured in National Geographic Traveler's Family Vacation Planner. The view from the top of the 315' high granite rock formation is accessible to almost everyone thanks to a recently-installed 26 story elevator which was cut into the mountain. The elevator takes you from the upper parking area to the Ski Lodge Gift Shop and Deli. From there it is a very short walk and a 45-step climb to the observation area on top of Chimney Rock.

The 1000-acre state park features five unique hiking trails that range in skill level from easy to strenuous, rock climbing, and a climbing tour, "Grady's Animal Discovery Den", a picnic pavilion, and more. Tickets to enter the park are $14/adults, $6/children 6-15. Tickets can be purchased until 5:30 p.m., and the park closes at 7:00 p.m. Those visiting the park after 4:00 p.m. will be granted free admission the next day by showing ticket stubs from the previous afternoon.

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