Chimney Rock Wins Favorite State Park, Best Hiking Trail in Best of the Mountains Southeast Travel Awards

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina won the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country's 2013 Best of the Mountains travel poll, covering seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. Readers awarded three more platinum honors for Best Hike to Take the Dog Along, Best Birding Area and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot. Chimney Rock also received three golds for Best Hiking Trail (non-AT), Best Scenic Photo Opportunity and Best Waterfall. Chimney Rock, North Carolina, has been one of the Southeast's most popular outdoor travel destinations for more than 100 years.

Chimney Rock is perhaps best known for its 75-mile panoramic views from atop a 535-million-year-old rock monolith, conveniently accessed via an elevator inside the mountain. This family-friendly park has an abundance of scenic hiking, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and adventures worthy of summer travel vacations that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock's inspiring mountain scenery was featured in The Last of the Mohicans. Kids love Grady the Groundhog's Animal Discovery Den and the Great Woodland Adventure trail.

"Chimney Rock has a lot of longtime, passionate fans and friends. These awards are really about our fans throughout the country and their love and support for this beautiful mountain paradise," said Mary Jaeger-Gale, Chimney Rock's general manager.

Held every five years, the Best of the Mountains poll features reader-selected awards, from best waterfall to best southern cooking. Ballots produced 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Winners were announced in Blue Ridge Country's 25th anniversary edition.

Chimney Rock's stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure attracts visitors worldwide. This is the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock is located 95 miles west of Charlotte and only 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C. on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Follow Chimney Rock on Facebook. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit

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