Chimney Rock Park
Live It Up!

More than 100 years ago, Dr. Lucius Morse came to these mountains seeking a more favorable climate. What he found was a breath of fresh air - and then some. Sufficiently intrigued by the giant granite monolith towering over Hickory Nut Gorge, he did the most logical thing possible: he bought the 64-acre parcel surrounding it and pledged to create a nature preserve and scenic attaction for all to see and enjoy.
In May, 2007, the State of North Carolina purchased Chimney Rock Park from the Morse family, guaranteeing that the vision of Dr. Morse will continue to delight and amaze visitors for generations to come.