This North Carolina village sits just above 1,000 feet of elevation with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! This "No bigger than a minute" town is home to Chimney Rock State Park and minutes away from the breathtaking Lake Lure.
Southern Cities Edition: Chimney Rock, NC
Every good adventure starts with an even better cup of coffee. Not much beats fresh brew right out of the french press other than running into a hole in the wall coffee shop. Coffee on the Rocks conveniently dwells along the Rocky Broad River. Along with delicious caffeinated beverages, they also sell breakfast and allow your pup to come inside.
Hickory Nut Falls
Photo Cred: Chris Turner
The trail to the base of the falls was about 0.7 miles uphill, and that was just the beginning.
It is nice to be able to get such a great climb in hiking and still have tons of oxygen to breathe at lower elevation. The views atop Chimney Rock were literally breathtaking!
I continue to be surprised by hidden mountain towns and new hikes around the Appalachian Mountains. After growing up just over Sam's Gap in Tennessee and exploring much of the Carolina hills, I couldn't believe I had never heard of Chimney Rock before. There is still much to explore in this endless backcountry.