https://frugalbackpacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IMG_5152.jpg 2448 3264 Frugal Backpacker /wp-content/uploads/2016/04/frugal-backpacker-logo.png Frugal Backpacker2019-04-10 15:53:182019-04-23 15:50:30Favorite Hikes: The Chimneys
Not to be confused with Chimney Rock State Park, these Chimneys sit on the edge of Linville Gorge. Starting at the Table Rock Picnic Area, you’ll follow the white blazed Mountains to Sea Trail to the south (on the left side of the parking lot). You’ll find beautiful 360-degree views as you walk along the ridge on the eastern edge of the Gorge. This hike is easily extendable by continuing along the MST to Shortoff Mountain, or by heading back to the parking lot and up to the top of Table Rock (see our blog post about this hike here).
Length: 1.5 miles out and back
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 85 for US-221. Follow 221 North for 28 miles, then turn right on NC-183 South. Follow 183 for 4.5 miles to NC-181. Turn right onto 181 South and follow for 3 miles to Gingercake Rd (you’ll see signs for Table Rock Picnic Area). After 0.3 mi on Gingercake, veer left at the fork onto Table Rock Rd. Follow Table Rock Rd for 5.4 miles (the road turns to gravel after about a mile), then turn right onto Forest Road 210B (again you’ll see signs for Table Rock Picnic Area). Follow FR 210B for 2.9 miles to the Picnic Area, passing a sign for North Carolina Outward Bound School (after 1.5 miles the road turns back to pavement and the switchbacks get steeper).