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Enjoyable visit to scenic Chimney Rock State Park, NC

Chimney Rock State Park is named after this 315 ft high granite monolith which overlooks Lake Lure; the park was operated privately until NC bought it in 2005 and converted it to a state park

Chimney Rock State Park is named after this 315 ft high granite monolith which overlooks Lake Lure; the park was operated privately until NC bought it in 2005 and converted it to a state park

I was the first person to reach 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls on the day of my visit so I was able to enjoy the tranquility of the spot; Chimney Rock is only 25 miles SE of Asheville

I was the first person to reach 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls on the day of my visit so I was able to enjoy the tranquility of the spot; Chimney Rock is only 25 miles SE of Asheville

Chimney Rock is a relatively small park but is extremely vertical!; I climbed thousands of steps but you can opt to take a free shuttle bus from the parking area up to the main lookout

Chimney Rock is a relatively small park but is extremely vertical!; I climbed thousands of steps but you can opt to take a free shuttle bus from the parking area up to the main lookout

This lookout gets my award for best name!; at 2480 ft. above sea level the point is one of the highest spots in the park and overlooks Hickory Nut Gorge

This lookout gets my award for best name!; at 2480 ft. above sea level the point is one of the highest spots in the park and overlooks Hickory Nut Gorge

Aptly named Devil's Head; Chimney Rock is the only NC park with an admission charge (a hefty $17) and for some strange reason doesn't even open until 8:30 am

Aptly named Devil's Head; Chimney Rock is the only NC park with an admission charge (a hefty $17) and for some strange reason doesn't even open until 8:30 am

The Last of the Mohicans, the 1992 epic romantic adventure starring Daniel Day-Lewis filmed major scenes here; Firestarter, the 1984 thriller starring Drew Barrymore and George C. Scott (based on the book by Stephen King) also filmed at Chimney Rock

The Last of the Mohicans, the 1992 epic romantic adventure starring Daniel Day-Lewis filmed major scenes here; Firestarter, the 1984 thriller starring Drew Barrymore and George C. Scott (based on the book by Stephen King) also filmed at Chimney Rock

The day before visiting Chimney Rock I hiked along the wild Green River in Saluda NC; the trails were steep and I was virtually the only person out there

The day before visiting Chimney Rock I hiked along the wild Green River in Saluda NC; the trails were steep and I was virtually the only person out there

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is an amazingly creative adaptation of an old roadway!; built in 1925, the bridge was replaced by a newer span in 2011 so local residents turned the old bridge into a gorgeous flower garden

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is an amazingly creative adaptation of an old roadway!; built in 1925, the bridge was replaced by a newer span in 2011 so local residents turned the old bridge into a gorgeous flower garden

Flowers and whimsical displays of art are packed into the 155 ft long bridge; the displays are constantly changing but it's free to visit with convenient parking

Flowers and whimsical displays of art are packed into the 155 ft long bridge; the displays are constantly changing but it's free to visit with convenient parking

I was so impressed with the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge!; most of the plants were identified at this destination perfectly made for Instagram

I was so impressed with the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge!; most of the plants were identified at this destination perfectly made for Instagram

The easiest way to reach the Chimney is to ride an elevator up a 26-story shaft blasted through solid rock called Henderson Gneiss; on weekends and holidays the park can often fill up and the gates will close until space becomes available

The easiest way to reach the Chimney is to ride an elevator up a 26-story shaft blasted through solid rock called Henderson Gneiss; on weekends and holidays the park can often fill up and the gates will close until space becomes available

Running cedar was once widely harvest as Christmas greenery (as my Mom will attest); the 1987 romantic blockbuster Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was filmed at Lake Lure

Running cedar was once widely harvest as Christmas greenery (as my Mom will attest); the 1987 romantic blockbuster Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was filmed at Lake Lure

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