WAYBACK WEDNESDAY

It’s time for another edition of Wayback Wednesday! This is when I post some pictures from my past and tell the story behind them. I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while now, so I thought this would be a good time to post it. The subject of today’s post is Chimney Rock State Park (website here). If you visit the website, there is a lot of interesting information on the “About Us – History” tab. The Park got its name from a natural rock feature, the main attraction, that is named Chimney Rock because it looks like a chimney.

I have been to this park many times over the years. It’s located in Rutherford County, in the western part of North Carolina. I can remember going there as a little kid, and it was always a lot of fun. The picture below was taken by my Daddy, I’m guessing probably around 1960, and it shows my sister (standing) and me (sitting) on top of the “chimney“.

BRAVE YOUNGSTERS ON THE ROCK

In 2006, Linda and I decided to visit a few places in North and South Carolina before we made the move out West. One such trip was to Asheville to visit Chimney Rock. I wanted to show her this wonderful place that I used to visit when I was young. The following pictures were taken on that trip.

You can see in the picture below why Chimney Rock is so named, it really does look like a chimney.

SEE THAT STAIRWAY? NOT GOOD FOR SOMEONE WITH A FEAR OF HEIGHTS

The park has many hiking trails to explore, and as I recall we took one such hike called the Skyline Trail. I remember this went along the top of the area but was quite a walk. In various places along the trails you will come to stairs to climb, just because the trail goes along the side of a mountain and there is nowhere to walk. I remember some of these stairs were rather precarious. Lookout points were positioned along the way so you could rest and enjoy the view. This cute traveler was taking a break to catch her breath from the climb.

TAKING A BREAK

We really looked like tourists with our backpack, cameras, binoculars, etc. I remember I bought a hiking stick in the gift shop, and there were several places along the Skyline Trail that I was glad I had that stick!

INTREPID HIKERS

One lookout that we stopped at is called Vista Rock. This gives you a fantastic view of the surrounding area and Lake Lure.

BEAUTIFUL VIEW

LAKE LURE, WHERE PART OF THE MOVIE “DIRTY DANCING” WAS FILMED

As you go along the trail you get different views of the Chimney. As we grew ever closer I took some pictures from various angles.

Along the way to the top we passed by Falls Creek, which was making its way to Hickory Nut Falls. Signs along the way point out places that were used in making the movie The Last of the Mohicans.

There are plenty of rocks around where you can stop and rest for a few minutes. The scenery is always beautiful. Believe me, this trail was quite the challenge.

Almost to the Chimney, I stopped and took a shot showing the people on top of it. Apparently I was much more brave and adventurous when I was young because I went over to the top of the Chimney back then. This time, there was no way I was going to go on that little tiny stairway that spanned over absolutely nothing. I think Linda braved it, but I just could not bring myself to do it.

BRAVE SOULS WHO DARED TO CROSS THE TINY STAIRWAY

After we went back down from the top of the Skyline Trail (I think we took a stairway down, which was a shortcut), we decided to take the walk to see Hickory Nut Falls (one of the tallest waterfalls East of the Mississippi at 404 feet tall). This trail was much shorter and easier, but after having taken that long hike, we were about pooped. We made it, though, and the view of the Falls was worth it.

HICKORY NUT FALLS

If you are ever in North Carolina and would like a nice place to visit in the mountains, check out Chimney Rock State Park and nearby Lake Lure. And while you are at it, be sure to go to the city of Asheville. This is one of our favorite cities that we have visited. I plan to do a blog about this city in a future Wayback Wednesday post, so stay tuned.

PARTING SHOT

Summer Girl was unimpressed with all the pictures of Chimney Rock. She was content just to sit outside on a beautiful day here in Yakima and contemplate the universe.

MY SWEET SUMMIE

Join me every Wednesday (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for more from the Southerner in the Northwest.

Published by Peg

In 2007, my partner and I decided to pull up stakes from North Carolina, where I had lived all my life, and move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. When I retired, I decided to write a blog because I had always wanted to be a writer, but somehow never found the time for it while I was working. I figured that writing a blog would give me the chance to share my thoughts with others, and also combine my interest in writing and photography in one place.

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