Chimney Rock State Park Opening New Trail That Leads To The Top Of Hickory Nut Falls


A mile-long trail is about to open later this month that will take hikers to the top of one of the tallest waterfalls in America.

The 6,000+ acre Chimney Rock State Park has rerouted their famous ‘Skyline Trail’ after problems with railings and bridges along the path led to the trail’s closure in 2008.

The new trail features stunning vistas of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure, and the top of Chimney Rock itself;

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It will lead directly to the top of one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, Hickory Nut Falls, at a total height of 404 feet;


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“The new Skyline trail travels along a higher route on the mountain, which provides for sustainable natural resource protection and excellent views of Hickory Nut Gorge,” Chimney Rock State Park Superintendent James Ledgerwood commented in a recent announcement about the trail.

The trail is schedule to open on Sept. 22. The park’s website states that all hikers must start from the Skyline trailhead by 5 p.m. – 4 p.m. to allow enough time to expolre and hike back to their cars before the park closes.

You can find out more about what there is to see and do around Chimney Rock State Park on their website here.