Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

The site of Chimney Rock State Park, within the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, is a geological icon within Hickory Nut Gorge. Originally the site was privately owned, with a tunnel built beneath the granite rock that is over 500 years old. The tunnel provided access to an elevator that takes visitors to the top of the rock.

On May 4, 2005, Chimney Rock State Park was established on after the purchase of the 1,568-acre “World’s Edge” tract from the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.