Chimney Rock is located near Asheville, NC. Shawn and I drove up to Asheville and stayed a couple of nights to visit a few places including Chimney Rock. It was a beautiful drive to the bottom of the mountain, twisting and turning through the mountains. Once we reached the entrance to Chimney Rock we were told that the elevator was being worked on, so we had to go to the top old fashion style.
About half way up the mountain there is a small cave you can walk down in, which was called the Moonshiners Cave. The walkway down into the cave is very tight, but only goes a few steps down. After leaving the cave we continued walking up the mountain, continuously taking breaks because it is a steep hike. Once we reached the top the view was gorgeous. It took us about 30 minutes to climb to the top of Chimney Rock. I was so happy once we got up there because my calves were on fire!
After walking down the mountain we saw on the map that there was a waterfall right around the corner, or so we thought. We started to hike the trail to the Hickory Nut Falls, and the trail kept going on and on until we saw a map that showed we were only half way there. The hike to the Hickory Nut Falls was nice because it was a flat trail through the woods with a nice view down the mountain. Once we reached the waterfall, I was amazed at how tall this thing was. When you reach the waterfall there is a little deck you can walk out on that gives you a great view of the waterfall, but that wasn’t enough for me. I climbed down off the porch and got right underneath of it. The mist from the waterfall felt great on a hot summer day.
If any of you guys love hiking, beautiful views and a great atmosphere I highly suggest going to Chimney Rock and checking it out, or even if you don’t like hiking that much they have an elevator you can take all the way to the top of the mountain and still have the same beautiful view as if you were to hike up to it.