Chimney rock

It had been many years since we visited Chimney Rock (last time it had not yet become a state park). There were some evident differences. The admission is a bit high as state parks go, however the elevator is now included. If there’s not much of a line it’s worth taking the elevator just to go through the rock tunnel.

The views are still wonderful up there and the various platforms and stairs seem far better constructed than they did before. We took the elevator up and then hiked back down through the rock formations before taking the waterfall trail.

Hickory Nut Gorge Falls

The waterfall is high but not visible from any one place all at once. As you can see here, at low water there’s not a whole lot coming over, it might be worth visiting after more rain when this is probably very impressive.