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Chimney Rock

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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