Saturday, July 7, 2012

Chimney Rock

One last post for the vacation series and then it is back to my own garden. Not really a garden but during our stay in Asheville, we drove to Chimney Rock State Park.  I had always wanted to visit and the last time we were in Asheville (back in the 90s), we had planned to stop there on our way home and they were closed.


Chimney Rock is a dramatic 315 ft. monolith with 75-mile views. The elevator was being worked on so the only way up to the top was climbing a series of newly built steps. There are 419 steps and it takes about 20-30 minutes to get there.

Michael, afraid of heights, stayed below, so I took the journey up alone.


One of my favorite movies, "Last of the Mohicans" was filmed here. Hickory Nut Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, is not visible from Chimney Rock but you can hike to it. Since I didn't want to keep Michael waiting too long, I didn't make the trip to the waterfall.


On the way up

Almost there
Atop the rock - that is Lake Lure in the distance.
Far down below you can see the road we took to get here
A dramatic view looking toward Asheville
Looking back you can see that you can go even farther up the mountain. Note the "Opera Box" on the lower right in the crevice of the rock.
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

15 comments:

  1. You are quite the adventurer. This looks like quite a demanding climb. I would love to look out from the opera box. One would feel like some of the natives of yesteryear. Beautiful views.

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  2. You two really made the most of your trip to the Carolinas and Virginia. Just showed Lake Lure pic to my husband...we will have to run up to Chimney Rock in the fall when the temps cool off. Would be a great day trip.

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  3. Wonderful! I've never been and would love to go. The view is so beautiful. The stairs look like a great workout. :o)

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  4. Phillip,

    Never visited this place. Drove by it daily building log cabins nearby. The movie Fire Starter was being filmed when I was driving by, the crews jambed up the road there.

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  5. What fantastic views, Phillip! Thank you for sharing them, because it's probably the only way I would get to see them--if my fear of heights didn't keep me from going to the top, all those stairs certainly would have!

    I realized this morning that I hadn't visited in quite awhile; I'm going to come back later when I have more time and see more of your travel photos. What a fantastic vacation the two of you must have had!

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  6. Glad to uncovered your blog and to see such views. You made me feel like I was there. Last time I was in Asheville I could walk so thee posts are beautiful but a little bittersweet.

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  7. Thanks for the garden vacation I didn't get to take this year. Love the river picture. If I had climb all those steps, I'd be calling my Orthopedic surgeon to schedule the knee replacement he wants to do. Thanks for the fantastic gardens.

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  8. Beautiful Phillip. I love Last of the Mohicans. I bet I've seen it 10 times.

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  9. WOW! Wish I'd had more time to check out Chimney Rock. Great photos and love your traveling diary.

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  10. not Anonymous! it's me, MA from BOISE.

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  11. Oh my goodness, to walk all those steps but a reward waiting at the end with beautiful views! The next time we are in Asheville, we must check out this beautiful place. I just hope the elevator is working then.

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  12. I am out of breath just looking at those steps to climb. I will be in Asheville in September, so now I have somewhere else to go besides the historic district and the Biltmo'.

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  13. Beautiful view. What drama. Quite a climb though. You earned the view.

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  14. I love Chimney Rock~thank you for taking me back there!

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  15. What lovely photos and what a gorgeous blog! I'm glad I found you.
    Sandra

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