Chimney Rock is a privately owned recreational facility owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Morse family that originally developed the park in 1900. The story goes that Lucius B. Morse, a physician, paid $.25 to ride a mule to the top of the rock monolith. When he saw the spectacular 75 mile view from the top, it started a lifelong obsession.
Over the next several decades, Morse and his brothers acquired thousands of acres of land, built Lake Lure, and gradually developed the park site adding a road, a bridge, a restaurant, an inn, and an elevator almost to the top.
The main attraction at Chimney Rock is 'The Chimney’ itself, a gigantic pillar of granite. Another notable view spot within the park is Hickory Nut Falls. The 404-foot falls, a drop about twice the height of Niagara, was featured as a backdrop in the 1992 movie “The Last of the Mohicans.”
Chimney Rock Park, a 1000 acre park encompassing ‘The Chimney’ is located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway about 25 miles southeast of Asheville North Carolina.
For the view from the top, see WS.
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belido (19934) 2008-07-01 4:47
You made good use of the diagonal line, dividing the image into two contrasting parts. That rock formation seems to be sculptured by human due to its shape but I know this is a nature's work. The view from the top must be wonderful. Great job indeed!
batalay (39131) 2008-07-01 11:26
This photograph, along with the complementary image in the workshop, and the highly engaging note comprise a fabulous TE package. The scale of the view is provided by the safety fence at the top of each rock. Excellent colors and resolution. What were the camera and lens you used in photographing Chimney Rock two years ago?
gunbud (34066) 2008-07-01 23:30
Great look up at the gray and gold rock face with its lovely lush green trees that contrast so brilliantly with the vivid blue sky.
Excellent clarity and sharp details to this beautiful bit of Americania.
axiotea (21651) 2008-07-02 1:30
I like the way you've presented this place with the vegetation and rock formation creating a diagonal. The addition of the photo is giving us a good idea how it looks from the top of this impressive chimney rock!
sacimar (26641) 2008-07-03 17:50
interesting place, I like the perspective, nice colours and details, good note,
bakes888 (18499) 2008-07-04 2:55
Hi Betty. An elevator to the top, that sounds like a bit of me ;-). Nice photos. Main; good colour and detail. Well chosen POV also. WS; stunning view and well captured with good natural framing to add depth. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
jmdias (65119) 2008-07-05 17:09
wonderful landscape. Your pov is very good. I liked this light and colors too. I think that fences in the top broke a little the natural landscape but..
Good work, well done
mafegan (8624) 2008-07-06 8:19
Thanks for posting this bizarre rock formation - very sharp throughout. A good pov and informative notes and workshop. TFS, Marlene
JPlumb (3159) 2008-08-06 4:05
Hello Betty, very nice presentation (with the workshop) showing us this rock and park. I have heard of "the chimney", but have never seen it or shots of it such as this. I found the notes interesting as well. Very nicely presented. The shot itself shows the chimney well in good sharp detail with excellent light and colour; nicely composed with the diagonal against that blue sky.
placombe (7901) 2008-09-04 9:32
Great view showing how tall the chimney is. Must be a special place for alpinists unless it is forbidden. The note is highly interesting too.
Regards from Canada
windosil (1158) 2009-03-02 13:38
Another brilliant study of rock formations from our gallery. I like the depth of colour you have achieved for the trees, and your note is a great story.
kordinator (20523) 2010-10-09 0:50
An interesting place.
Fine perspective, nice natural colors and details.
Very well written note.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-10-09 10:21
excellent view of the gigantic granite rock with a lower POV. Great the sharpness and colour contrast. Very well framed with the greeneries. Very well done. Tfs.