Just when you thought you might have seen all North Carolina has to offer, there's still so much more you have to discover. Being outdoors this time of year in our great state is a must, so why not make the most of it? This State Park in North Carolina has a huge rock that's over 500-million-years-old. You can actually climb to the top of it to get great fall foliage views for miles.
Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock, North Carolina, about 25 miles from Asheville. This park might be the coolest and most popular park in North Carolina just because of the most amazing views.
This is prime time to visit the park because the leaves are still on the trees and it isn't too cold yet. At the top of Chimney Rock, you will have views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge for 75 miles.
The huge rock that everyone comes to this park to see is 535-million-years-old. When you get to the top of the mountain, the elevation will be 2,280 feet above sea level.
You can either take a state-of-the-art elevator to the top where you will only have to walk up 44 steps. If you're looking for more of an adventure, you can take the Outcroppings Trail where you will get the title of ultimate stairmaster when you make it to the top after climbing 434 steps.
There are different overlooks along the way which gives you a small preview of what you'll see at the top. After your 25-minute trek, you'll see what you have been waiting for. An American Flag will be blowing in the wind over the gorge that's filled with trees with colorful leaves.
When the weather does get cold, and we all know it will sneak up on us, you need to head to Hawksnest Snowtubing Park to slide down a 1,000-foot snow shoot and this 17,000-foot ice skating rink in Charlotte.
Chimney Rock State Park
Address: 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Why You Need To Go: You can hike up to the top of this 535-million-year-old rock and see the most incredible views.