Chimney Rock Trail And Waterfall Hike

I had been planning a trip to Asheville for weeks, i don’t think i could’ve been any more excited! I was going to get fresh air, hang out with the boyfriend, and get to see the beautiful sights there are to see.


The last day of the trip was the coolest part! We decided we’d hike up to Chimney Rock through the Four Seasons Trail (forgoing the bus that could’ve taken us to the base of Chimney rock – my idea). If i had done my research i would’ve opted for the bus, but i am glad i didn’t. We tackled the 6/10 miles with a 400ft elevation gain trail like champs. Well, he did at least.

The Four Seasons Trail was the hardest part! I was happy, angry, upset, about to pass out, and getting sore the entire 6/10 mile. I wanted to do nothing more than throw in the towel, literally! It was about 85°. It took a little faking myself out to keep pushing through the uncomfortable sweat and thinner air, but i did it!

After almost dropping onto the ground in the fetal position – covering myself with leaves and sticks to save myself from embarrassment, we made our way to the waterfall. It. Is. Gorgeous! I could just sit and stare like i had never seen water before.

Basking in the sunlight slumped on the rocks like sunbathing reptiles we made our way around the upper parking deck onto the stairs that lead us to the Vista Rock. If you looked up you could see Chimney Rock. The rock didn’t seem that far..

I was wrong, sort of. We climbed another 500 stairs to reach the top of Chimney Rock, where we sat on top of the rocks for a spectacular 45 minutes or so just soaking up the view in astonishment of what nature had created in 500 million years (My brain can’t comprehend how long that is)! Looking down you could see Visa Rock too.

Vista rock view from Chimney Rock

I sat in my hotel room after the climb covered in sweat, the kind of sweat that cleanses your entire body. My lungs full of the freshest air i have ever tasted. Mind racing with muscles and joints so tight they are starting to ache from the ascend up to the mountain.

I have never felt more light, in that moment every question i had came through with an answer, the thoughts were set to a purpose. I felt the weight of the world drop from my shoulders.

Lying in bed after a long hot shower i noticed the smile on my face. I wasn’t aware how long it had been there. I realised i had done a lot that day! I hiked to 2,200+feet, ran my fingers through the purest waterfall, climbed and lounged on rocks that had been there for ages and after all that i am still here, with this smile on my face.

All while trying to learn to live in the moment.

26 Replies to “Chimney Rock Trail And Waterfall Hike”

  1. I LOVE NATURE HIKES! Great pics. Great blog!!

  2. We haven’t been to Chimney Rock but we’ve gone to Blowing Rock and hiked some gorgeous falls in Dupont State Forest. Love living in such a beautiful state! Visiting from SITS Sharefest.

    1. I want to go to Blowing Rock next! I have heard so many good things about how beauitful it is.

  3. What a beautiful place! I haven’t been to Chimney Rock since I was a kid. These are awesome pictures! It’s a good reminder of how good we can feel after doin something really tough and not giving up!

    1. Yes, indeed! I am still proud of myself, even though i was on the verge of passing out or throwing myself down all those steps, hah.

  4. This hike was one of my first hikes in USA… I really have some great memories there… lovely place to visit 😊

  5. 500 stairs is one hell of a workout. What a beautiful hike@

  6. We did this hike last year and loved it! SO many fun hikes around that area!

  7. Asheville is definitely one of my favorite places around!! It’s such an amazing place! <3 I'd love to do this hike sometime–that waterfall looks so beautiful, and congrats to you for pushing through on it! :]

  8. Wow, what a super cool hike. Thanks for sharing. Love the pics.

  9. That looks like such an amazing walk! What beautiful photos. There is just something so magical about a waterfall… so worth the hike to get there!

  10. Bravo to you!!!!!! I love the Asheville area and I have to admit I have felt the same way as you after conquering something. I could see your smile as you wrote about it. A beautiful place.

  11. Stunning! Thanks for sharing these fabulous views!

  12. That is is the kind of exercise that I enjoy – hiking. Love the pictures of this destination.

  13. When I lived in South Carolina, we used to go to Chimney Rock all the time. I forgot just how beautiful it was!

  14. Wow, amazing! Those pictures are really amazing!! <3

  15. These photos are stunning! Looks like you had a great trip.

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

  16. wish i lived closer – i love to take hikes like this one!

  17. Good for you for pushing through that heat and and that tumultuous trail. My goodness. I’d pass out! The feeling you described at the end of it all sounds like it was so worth it. And my God, the scenery! I wish that I was physically able to do more hikes like these. I used to love taking hikes when we went to Algonquin Park in Ontario that required lots of physical and mental effort. They were so rewarding!
    So proud of you for pushing through!

  18. Oh my, I have been to Chimney Rock many times but never done that hike. Lol – I should be less lazy next time and earn a shower and smile like yours 🙂

  19. This looks like it was not an easy hike but the views are to gorgeous. I am loving the view from the top!

  20. What a great hike and climb that is! I recall doing the Chimney Rock hike years ago – we made it all the way up and it was so foggy we couldn’t see but 5 feet in front of us. 😂

  21. Wow! Way to go on all that hiking! Based on these photos you were definitely rewarded for your efforts! Looks beautiful!

  22. Wow, that is a LOT of walking, but good for you! That waterfall is beautiful – as is the view from the top. Just amazing.

    -Lauren

  23. Way to go tacking that hike and climb!! Had to feel great to accomplish something so hard! I love Chimney Rock too…gorgeous views!

  24. I have never been but it looks like a beautiful trail for hiking from your photos.

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