Chimney Rock Park is an Asheville Bed and Breakfast Favorite Activity

Posted by admin on September 11, 2009

Many of our guests visit the Biltmore Estate, drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, or spend their days downtown visiting the stores, galleries and fine restaurants. All are wonderful, fun activities.However, when guests ask for hiking, or outdoor activities, one of my favorite places to recommend is Chimney Rock Park.The Park is twenty-five miles southeast of Asheville and to me is the essence of North Carolina. It is located in the Hickory Nut Gorge and adjacent to Lake Lure.

Until 2007, Chimney Rock had been privately owned by the Morse family. When the property went up for sale, all of North Carolina held it’s breath while the fate of the land was decided. To keep the land from being developed, the state of NC stepped forward and purchased it so that it would be forever preserved as a state park.

There is a twenty-six story elevator built inside the mountain that opens to spectacular panoramic views which extend over seventy-five miles. As summer wanes and the green leaves turn red and gold, temperatures cool and the time becomes prime to walk the trails to absorb all of nature.

Trails vary in length and are moderate to strenuous. One takes you to Hickory Nut Falls with it’s drop of four hundred four feet. Hardwood forests, resident and migrant birds, deer, wild turkeys abound and will delight you along the way.

Easy to walk is the Great Woodland Trail which is suited to families with young children. Grady the ground hog will introduce them to woodland friends and they will enjoy the handcrafted wood and metal larger-than-life sculptures.

So if you need to just get away, commune with nature, spend a day outdoors overlooking beautiful vistas filled with amazing autumnal colors, let your hosts at the 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House direct you to Chimney Rock Park.

Barbara & Bob Gilmore
Owners & Innkeepers


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