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Chimney-Rock is one of the small communities of the Chimney Rock Park area located within the Hickory Nut Gorge in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The other communities of the area include Lake Lure, Bat Cave and Gerton. Chimney Rock Park offers hiking trails for all fitness levels, a 404-foot waterfall, a Nature Center and Native Plant Nursery and a variety of special events throughout the year. Visitors can hike to the top of "The Chimney," a 315-foot monolith located above beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge, where the 75-mile views are an experience not to be forgotten. Hickory Nut Falls is one of the other main attractions of the Chimney Rock area. It's one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi and can be reached by hiking along the Skyline-Cliff Trail Loop to its top, or take the easier walk along the Forest Stroll to a platform at the bottom of the falls. Other points of interest in the park include The Opera Box, Inspiration Point, Needles Eye and Exclamation Point - all offering unique perspectives and breathtaking views of the park and beyond. The beautiful Rocky Broad River and Lake Lure offer other recreational activities like swimming, all types of boating and boat tours, fishing, horseback riding and picnicking. National Geographic named Lake Lure as "one of the ten most spectacular man-made lakes in the world." Two 18-hole, championship golf courses are also located at Lake Lure. The Chimney Rock area also has lots of antique shops, specialty and gift shops, restaurants and accommodations from cozy bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins.

Surrounding areas: Lake Lure, North Carolina (3.0 mi), Columbus, North Carolina (12.8 mi), Pinnacle Mountain, North Carolina (13.7 mi), Old Fort, North Carolina (14.1 mi), Hendersonville, North Carolina (14.2 mi), Saluda, North Carolina (14.7 mi), Montreat, North Carolina (14.9 mi)

Chimney Rock Vacation Rentals

Chimney Rock Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort112 MTNS BlvdLake Lure, NC2.6 mi.(800) 260-1040
Lake Lure InnHwy 64/74Lake Lure, NC2.6 mi.(828) 625-2525
Ramada Limited150 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC11.8 mi.(828) 697-0006
Hampton Inn Hendersonville155 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC11.9 mi.(828) 697-2333
Quality Inn & Suites201 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC12.0 mi.(828) 697-4399
Days Inn - Hendersonville102 Mitchell DrHendersonville, NC12.7 mi.(828) 697-5999
Days Inn501 W MLS StColumbus, NC12.8 mi.(828) 894-3303
Comfort Inn585 Hwy 9 I-40 Exit 64Black Mountain, NC13.4 mi.(828) 669-9950
Comfort Inn206 Mitchelle DrHendersonville, NC14.2 mi.(800) 882-3843
Sun Valley Motel2507 Hendersonville RdArden, NC14.8 mi.(828) 684-6944
Assembly InnMontreat, NC14.9 mi.(828) 669-2911
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC15.2 mi.(828) 684-6688
Days Inn Airport183 Underwood RdFletcher, NC15.7 mi.(800) 329-7466
Econo Lodge Airport196 Underwood RdFletcher, NC15.9 mi.(704) 684-1200
Hampton Inn & Suites18 Rockwood RdFletcher, NC15.9 mi.(828) 687-0806
Holiday Inn Airport550 Airport RdFletcher, NC15.9 mi.(704) 684-1213
Comfort Inn-airport15 Rockwood RdArden, NC16.0 mi.(828) 687-9199
Marriott Execustay/Turtle Creek99 Turtle Creek DrAsheville, NC16.2 mi.(800) 789-7829
Ramada800 Fairview RdAsheville, NC17.3 mi.(828) 298-9141
Country Inn & Suites199 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC17.9 mi.(828) 254-4311
Town House Motel141 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC18.0 mi.(828) 253-8753
Days Inn - Biltmore East1435 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC18.1 mi.(828) 298-4000
Hampton Inn204 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC18.1 mi.(828) 255-9220
Quality Inn & Suites1430 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC18.1 mi.(828) 298-5519
Homewood Suites By Hilton88 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC18.3 mi.(828) 252-5400
Holiday Inn Express234 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.6 mi.(828) 274-0101
Baymont Inn-asheville204 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.7 mi.(828) 274-2022
Howard Johnson Biltmore190 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.7 mi.(828) 274-2300
Rutherford Inn210 Reservation DrSpindale, NC18.7 mi.(704) 286-3681
Doubletree Hotel Biltmore115 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.8 mi.(828) 274-1800
Sleep Inn117 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC18.8 mi.(828) 277-1800
Springhill Suites By Marriott2 Buckstone PlAsheville, NC18.9 mi.(828) 253-4666
Extended Stay America6 Kenilworth KnlAsheville, NC19.1 mi.(828) 253-3483
Residence Inn701 Biltmore AveAsheville, NC19.2 mi.(828) 281-3361
American Court Motel85 Merrimon AveAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 253-4427
Courtyard By MarriottOne Buckstone PlAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 281-0041
Days Inn E1500 Tunl RdAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 298-5140
Days Inn-asheville Mall201 Tunl RdAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 252-4000
Econo Lodge Asheville190 Tunl RdAsheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 254-9521
Econo Lodge EastI-40 Exit 55Asheville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 298-5519
Bed & Breakfast
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC15.7 mi.(828) 693-6016

Chimney Rock Weather & Climate

The Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations, although ski resorts rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. Fall often has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 23°F 4.78 in. 49°F
February 43°F 25°F 4.72 in. 46°F
March 51°F 32°F 5.49 in. 52°F
April 59°F 40°F 4.21 in. 59°F
May 67°F 48°F 4.69 in. 68°F
June 72°F 55°F 4.84 in. 73°F
July 75°F 59°F 4.82 in. 77°F
August 74°F 58°F 5.96 in. 80°F
September 68°F 52°F 4.73 in. 76°F
October 60°F 42°F 4.64 in. 70°F
November 51°F 34°F 4.77 in. 58°F
December 43°F 27°F 4.03 in. 55°F

Chimney Rock Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 16 miles west of Chimney Rock in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 37 miles south of Chimney Rock in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 47 miles south of Chimney Rock in Greenville, South Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located around 72 miles north of Chimney Rock in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, and finally the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 75 miles east of Chimney Rock in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chimney Rock Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC48.0 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC60.0 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC60.0 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN77.3 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN77.3 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN79.5 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC80.6 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC80.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC3.4 mi.
Lake Lure Municipal Golf CourseLake LureNC3.6 mi.
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC12.9 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC13.6 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC14.1 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC14.1 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC14.2 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC14.5 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC14.7 mi.
Red Fox Country ClubTryonNC16.8 mi.
Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country ClubRutherfordtonNC17.7 mi.
Meadowbrook Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC17.7 mi.
Rutherfordton Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC17.7 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC20.0 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC20.4 mi.
Forest City Municipal Golf CourseForest CityNC22.1 mi.
Links O TryonCampobelloSC23.0 mi.
Devils Ridge Golf ClubHolly SpringsNC23.4 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC24.9 mi.
Village Greens Golf & Country ClubGramlingSC26.0 mi.
Dogwood Valley Golf CourseCaroleenNC28.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC32.0 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC48.0 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC54.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC54.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC55.3 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC66.8 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC23.3 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC27.0 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC30.6 mi. 
Paris Mountain State ParkSC34.9 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC37.6 mi. 
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC40.9 mi.(Art)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC45.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC55.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC20.7 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC40.9 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN100.6 mi.

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