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Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
May 9, 2010

Chimney Rock is a village in Rutherford County, North Carolina. The village takes its name from a large granite outcropping located on a summit above the village itself in Chimney Rock State Park. The village has a total area of 2.8 square miles, all of it land. The town shares a border with the town of Lake Lure.
The GPS in the truck shows how curvy the roads were while driving to Chimney Park. Once inside Chimney Rock Park, the roads were just as curvy.
curvy roads
sign - Chimney Rock Park
The Chimney as seen from parking lot

The two RV Gypsies reached The Chimney by riding the elevator up a 26-story shaft blasted through solid granite. The cool 198-foot tunnel to the elevator stays a comfortable 55-65 degrees year-round. The elevator goes to the top - up 26 stories in 30 seconds. The elevator operator gives a brief introduction to the Park, the gift shop, and the snack bar!

tunnel leading to the elevator
tunnel leading to the elevator
informational sign in the tunnel
informational sign in the tunnel

The two RV Gypsies exited the elevator, walked through the gift shop, and past the snack bar to look down at a view into the parking lot.

Note: When the two RV Gypsies returned here in 2018, they discovered that this upper parking lot was closed because the area seen below had caved in. In 2018, shuttle busses took everyone from a lower parking lot to this area.

view into the parking lot
view into the parking lot
Lee checked out the scenery and Lake Lure from the lookout at Chimney Rock.
Lee Duquette at Lake Lure Lookout
Lee Duquette at Lake Lure Lookout
the scenery from Lake Lure Lookout
the USA flag on top of the Chimney
Then the two RV Gypsies walked up the stairs to The Chimney.
The Chimney
The Chimney

The two RV Gypsies climbed the stairs to the top of this towering 315-foot monolith located on the very edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains high above beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge. The Chimney is at a soaring elevation of 2,280 feet and has 75-mile views. It is 44 stairs up to the rock, and 44 stairs back down.

stairs to The Chimney
Karen Duquette climbing stairs to The Chimney
Karen at the top of the stairs to The Chimney and Lee ready to climb up the stairs.
Karen Duquette at the top of the stairs
Lee Duquette ready to climb up the stairs.
The two RV Gypsies at the top of The Chimney - elevation 2,280 feet
sign - elevation 2,280 feet
The two RV Gypsies at the top of The Chimney
The two RV Gypsies at the top of The Chimney
The two RV Gypsies at the top of The Chimney
view from The Chimney
The USA flag
View of "The Outcroppings" as seen from The Chimney
The Outcroppings
The Outcroppings
view from The Chimney
view from The Chimney

The stairs leading down from the Chimney and 84 stairs leading up to the Opera Box

WOWlots of stairs
The Opera Box
View of the Opera Box and stairs leading to the Skyline Trail
stairs leading to the Skyline trail
The Opera Box
The Opera Box
The Opera Box
clipart of a History BookThis splendid viewpoint was formed when a large block of Henderson Gneiss (pronounced "nice") separated along its horizontal foliation plane and fell. Gneiss is the metamorphosed rock that makes up the entire valley including the massive cliffs in the Park. Originally, the Gneiss solidified from a molten magma to form a medium-grained rock. The "layering" or "banding" found here and the large white "augen" (grains of potassium feldspar) occurred in the rock much later during mountain building geologic periods when the rocks experienced elevated temperatures and pressures causing the Gneiss to be altered (metamorphosed).
The Opera Box
The Opera Box
clipart of a History BookThe term augen is the German word for eye and is used in geology to describe eye- or elliptical-shaped minerals in a rock mass. In the Henderson Gneiss, the augen are composed of microcline. This augen texture is one of the most characteristic features of the Henderson Gneiss which distinguishes it from other rocks that have a similar mineralogical makeup. Some of the augen are quite large and have a shiny surface called a cleavage plane (a plane along which crystals break in accordance with their atomic structure).
the ledge over The Opera Box
view of USA flag from The Opera Box
Karen is covered by a rock overhang with a narrow horizontal opening that presents panoramic scenes of sky, water and trees while the wind and the birds provide the perfect sound track.
Karen is covered by a rock overhang
a rock overhang with a narrow horizontal opening

The views of Hickory Nut Gorge, The Chimney, the Outcroppings, and Lake Lure from the Opera Box.

view of Hickory Nut Gorge
parking lot and The Outcropping
the Chimney
the Chimney
the Chimney
the Chimney
Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Lee Duquette on the stairs
Devil's Head
clipart of a History BookAt the start of the Skyline trail just above the Chimney, there is a menacing rock face peering out over the Gorge. It’s the Devil’s Head! A long time ago a huge sheet of rock slid down the mountainside and broke into many pieces, one of which came to rest on this ledge. The facial features of the boulder are due to differential weathering of Gneiss. More resistant parts of the rock form the eyebrow, nose, chin and ear, while softer layers have eroded out, shaping the eye and the mouth.
directional sign
Karen Duquette
sign  - Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Devil's Head
view from Stairs leading up to the Skyline trail.
Warning sign of hazards
Beautiful trees, butterflies and flowers on the trail
view of the lake
view of the lake
a butterfly
a flower
tree branches
sign about Biltmore Sedge and Wafer Ash
Part of the trail that is not so beautiful - narrow pathways between the numerous sets of stairs.
Part of the trail
This point along the Skyline trail is the highest point in Chimney Rock at an elevation of 2,480 feet! It exceeds Chimney Rock’s elevation by 200 feet.
sign - Exclamation Point
sign about the habitat
view from Exclamation Point
view from Exclamation Point
view from Exclamation Point
view from Exclamation Point

Rainbow Falls can barely be seen in the middle of this photo. It is a 150 foot waterfall in the Western part of North Carolina - Jackson County. Two people fell to their deaths in 2003 from the top of Rainbow Falls. The trail to and from Rainbow Falls can be tricky. The two RV Gypsies did not go to Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls
The rock at Inspiration Point is very uneven. Many people think it is because of water erosion, but in reality, it is due to rock erosion. This particular print looks like a dinosaur foot to the two RV Gypsies.
rock erosion

Time to go back down the stairs. The two RV Gypsies counted 355 stairs down. The stairs were NOT all in a row because there were stepping stones and spurts of a dirt trail in between the sets of stairs. That means they climbed 710 stairs today, PLUS the 88 stairs to and from The Chimney.

stairs
Lee going down the stairs
The long truck of the two RV Gypsies, often extends into the road when parked. It can't be helped.
View of The Chimney
from the lower parking lot
parking lot
The Chimney
The Chimney
clipart - HOTThe painted door of the Ladies Room at the upper level gift shop. All walls were painted in both the Ladies restroom and the Men's restroom Amazing!.
Ladies Room door
All the walls, doors, and the ceiling inside the Ladies Room were also painted
painting of a waterfall
painting in ladies room
toilet area painted
painting of Devil's Head
painting of a bird
painting- walkway to the Chimney
painting- walkway to the Chimney
painting- walkway to the Chimney
And the same goes for the Men's Room
painting in men's room
toilet area in men's room
painting

check it ourThe two RV Gypsies took family members here to Chimney Rock in 2018 and they also hiked to Hickory Nut Falls. Although most of the scenery remained the same, there were some differences, including a brief peek inside the cave. To see the 2018 photo, click here. There will be a link to take you back here so you can continue to 2010 tour.

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The two RV Gypsies in North Carolina
You may visit any of these 6 web pages in any order you wish.
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Segway tour of Asheville
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain
- Hooker Falls
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain -Triple Falls
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain
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High Falls & the covered bridge
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Village
Hickory Nut Falls
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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAfter you have viewed all 6 of the above North Carolina photos, please continue on to South Carolina
1. Valley Park Resort in Travelers Rest, South Carolina
2. Downtown Greenville and some History of the area
3. The Liberty Bridge at Falls Park, Greenville, South Carolina