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The two RV Gypsies and family
at Chimney Rock
August 5, 2018

USA map showing location of Chimney Rock
map of NC showiling location of Chimney Rock

check it ourThe two RV Gypsies were here at Chimney Rock in 2010 and they also hiked to Hickory Nut Falls at that time. This year in 2018, they found all the stairs and hiking a lot more strenuous and difficult than they did in 2010, which was to be expected. They highly recommend that visitors to this web site look at the 2010 Chimney Rock page before continuing here, because it has a lot more history and depth to it, including climbs up many stairs to Inspiration Point and Devil's Head that they did not climb up in 2018. There is a link at the bottom of the 2010 page to take you back here so you can continue the 2018 tour.

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Before reaching Chimney Rock, Karen took a quick photo of Lake Lure, and also a house with a giant mailbox and a lady sitting up high in a giant chair.

Lake Lure

a lady sitting up high in a giant chair

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entrance to Chimney Rock State Park

The two RV Gypsies were a bit confused at first, because the parking lot was not the same parking lot they had parked in on their last visit in 2010. They discovered that the upper parking lot was closed because part of the upper parking lot had caved in. In 2010, they drove their car on a narrow, winding road from the entrance to the upper parking lot. In 2018, shuttle busses took everyone from the lower parking lot to the upper parking lot. This also affected the entrance to Hickory Nut Falls.

The photo below shows a quick glimpse of part of the upper parking lot that had caved in.

part of the caved-in parking lot

the top of Chimney rock

The two RV Gypsies had some family members with them this time. Renee had read online about the fact that to reach "The Chimney" they had to ride the elevator up a 26-story shaft blasted through solid granite. Anthony was impressed with the cool 198-foot tunnel to the elevator which stays at a comfortable 55-65 degrees year-round. The elevator went to the top - up 26 stories in 30 seconds. The elevator operator gave a brief introduction to the Park, the gift shop, and the snack bar!

Renee, Alex and Anthony in the tunnel

the Chimney Rock tunnel

sign - story about rocks

welcome to Chimney Rock sign

sign telling about the engineering of Chimney Rock

The two RV Gypsies and family climbed the 44 stairs up to the Chimney Rock and then back down the 44 stairs. Anthony did not want to climb up the stairs, so family took turns waiting at the bottom of the stairs with him. The first photo below was taken before climbing the stairs.

view of Lake Lure

the grandson of the two RV Gypsies

the two RV Gypsies' daughter and son-in-law

Views of Lake Lure and more from the top of Chimney Rock.

view of Lake Lure

view from Chimney Rock

Karen took a photo looking down at a small part of the stairs leading to Hickory Nut Falls, then went down the 44 stairs just before Lee and John.

part of the stairs leading to Hickory Nut Falls Lee and John on the stairs

Below: A view of the staircase up to Devil's Head and Inspiration Point where the two RV Gypsies climbed in 2010. (Those photos can be seen on the 2010 Chimney Rock page via the link above at the beginning of this set of photos). The Opera Box can barely be seen near the right-hand edge of the big rock - so Karen zoomed-in to view people in The Opera Box.

stairs to the Opera Box and trail Opera Box

Then everyone, including Anthony climbed 84 stairs up to the Opera Box. Lee let out one long "opera note" which startled everyone. After all, they were in an Opera Box.

the family of the two RV Gypsies the family of the two RV Gypsies

the great-grandson of the two RV Gypsies

family in the Opera Box

the grandson of the two RV Gypsies

view from the Opera Box

Views of Chimney Rock from The Opera Box

view from the Opera Box

view from the Opera Box

Instead of going up more stairs which the two RV Gypsies did in 2010, everyone went back down the 84 stairs and went to see the Bat Cave. It was a short walk into a very small area of the cave. But it was nice and cool inside.

sign about bats

inside the bat cave

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The two RV Gypsies were surprised to learn that Anthony's favorite part of visiting NC and SC was "the big rock".

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesThe two RV Gypsies and family took the stairs down to Hickory Nut Falls.

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