An out-and-back hike to Chimney Rock, an excellent viewpoint with some very interesting geological features.
Distance: 3.4-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Moderate (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 830 feet
- From the Riprap Parking Area (mile 90), take the Appalachian Trail north.
- Turn left onto the Riprap Trail.
- After a series of switchbacks, you’ll see a viewpoint on your right. Further on, you’ll see Calvary Rocks on left, and then, where the trail makes a sharp left, Chimney Rock stands alone across the gorge to the right.
- Turn around, and retrace your steps to return to the parking area.