Chimney Rock Village

Chimney Rock Village

This tiny mountain town (population around 109 people) offers an authentic trip back in time, making it one of the coolest small towns in the NC mountains. With its "western town" look, most of the buildings date to the 20s and 30s when the town quickly became a favorite tourist spot after the opening of the mountaintop attraction. You won't find chain stores, restaurants or hotels here. Many of the locally-owned businesses have been around for decades.

Chimney Rock Village

Located in the valley beneath its namesake granite monolith at Chimney Rock State Park, Main Street is packed with a variety of shops, restaurants, ice cream stands, gem mining, old time photo studio and vintage motels. While walking through the town, don't forget to look up at the amazing views of the mountainsides of the Hickory Nut Gorge that tower on each side. Also, walk the boardwalk behind the main street shops along the Rocky Broad River that flows into neighboring Lake Lure.

Chimney Rock NC Concert

Events
On the third Thursday in May-September, enjoy free live music at The Gathering Place (pic), located on a plateau above the town with spectacular view of Chimney Rock mountain. In April is the Sale of the Trail, a 19-mile long yard and sidewalk sale. Each May is the SpringGo Festival with a big pancake breakfast, parade, music, cowpie bingo and more. A Scarecrow Contest is held in October. The first weekend of December has a chili cook-off, bingo, Santa and caroling.

Steve Gale, Chimney Rock

For the most unique gifts and quirky items on the street, stop by Gale's Shop (418 Main Street), a fixture since 1947. Steve Gale grew up in the store that his parents opened. His wit and great sense of humor is reflected in many of the items you'll see. Many of the items you'll probably never see again!

Hickory Nut Falls

Look up from the village at the cliffs of the gorge and Hickory Nut Falls. You can hike to the base of the 404-foot waterfall inside Chimney Rock Park. Another great hike (free access) is the Rumbling Bald Trail about 2 miles from the center of the village.

Rocky Broad River, Chimney Rock

The Rocky Broad Riverwalk behind the shops on Main Street follows the river with bridges and plenty of rocks to climb. Several restaurants have outdoor dining by the river, including the Old Rock Cafe, operated by Chimney Rock Park.

See our other favorite mountain small towns. And read more about Hickory Nut Gorge.

Directions: Chimney Rock is located 25 miles from downtown Asheville. Follow I-240 East to Exit #9, Highway 74A East to Bat Cave. Take 74A & Highway 64 to Chimney Rock Village. It's 17 miles east of Hendersonville via U.S. Highway 64. Continue a few miles to Lake Lure.

Chimney Rock Places to Stay

Esmeralda Inn, Chimney Rock
This historic inn and restaurant is nestled in the shadows of Chimney Rock State Park. The rustic inn offers luxuries of a five star hotel with the charm of a B&B. Enjoy breakfast each morning and then relax in the outdoor hot tub after a day of hiking or taking a boat ride on Lake Lure. 14 rooms, 3 cabins, $139-$499, WiFi, lakeside... read more
Camping near Lake Lure
Rutherford County Campgrounds
See the Top 9 places to camp in the Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and Forest City areas in the foothills, including RV and motorcoach resorts. Find a big variety of amenities with many things to do in the Hickory Nut Gorge.

Village Events

Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Join Chimney Rock State Park Rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café. Free.
Chimney Rock Village
SpringGo!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Lots of fun in Chimney Rock Village with a pancake breakfast, Cow Pie Bingo, recycled garden art contest, llamas strutting their stuff in a Main Street parade, a grilled dinner and a special outdoor performance by the Rutherford County Orchestra at the Gathering Place.
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