Previously privately owned, Chimney Rock is an extremely accessible park for all to visit. It is named for the signature rock, shaped somewhat like a chimney sticking out of the mountains surrounding it. Beautiful walkways and stairs wrap around the mountain, climbing to the primary attraction fairly quickly. If a lot of walking or climbing stairs isn't for you, the park offers an elevator straight up to the view.
Beyond the stairs and walkways, plenty of trails allow access to more of the park. The 404ft Hickory Nut falls, one of the highest east of the Mississippi river, is accessible via a 1.4 mile out-and-back trail. The exclamation point and skyline trails go beyond the Chimney Rock and allow access to higher points in the park including the top of Hickory Nut falls.
Important: A $15 entry fee applies year round at the Chimney Rock entrance. The rumbling bald access is free to enter, nearby the main park entrance. A yearly pass for Chimney Rock may be purchased for $28, which is well worth it in my opinion. The fees do not go to waste- the park is beautifully up-kept.