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Things to do in Chimney Rock

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Italian Restaurant
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“An excellent spot for a delicious brunch (order the cinnamon rolls) and patio views of Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls. Also serves lunch and dinner. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Directly on the river in Chimney Rock is Riverwatch Bar and Grill, known for their specialty burgers, riverfront seating, and ice cold beer.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Garden
“Enjoy a relaxing walk through Lake Lure's Flowering Bridge. Features seasonal blooms and plants with views of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
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“One of our favorite places when visiting. You can enjoy a great draft beer and overlook the Broad River that lines the whole town. The back decks are so relaxing and you can even dip your feet in the water or go for a swim. Best part is they have games and are kid friendly as well. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“This entire area is a tourist attraction. Lots to see in a picture postcard setting.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lake
“Getting out on on the water is always fun and this guided tour gives you a history of the lake, Dirty Dancing secrets, and a different perspective of the homes around the lake.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“An incredible selection of award-winning wines, including their signature Apple Wine. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
City
“Spectacular 75-mile views, sheer cliffs and unique rock formations. Trails leading to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Famous as the filming site for the climactic scenes of The Last of the Mohicans.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Tucked behind the Geneva lodge, you will find this charming bar on the edge of the Broad River. Great views and charming local joint. It is very popular with bikers passing through the area.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“lots of small shops. Some are quite touristy, but all have a quaint feel and offer things you do not readily find elsewhere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“You’ll find everything from classic candies and glass bottle Cokes to Chimney Rock souvenirs and outdoor equipment.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great food offered in an historic inn in Chimney Rock; the floor from "Dirty Dancing"!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Authentic Mexican food. The deck in the back is on a beautiful mountain stream.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Prompt and courteous service, great atmosphere, coffee and food! It even has a full gift shop overlooking the water!”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“An excellent spot for a delicious brunch (order the cinnamon rolls) and patio views of Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls. Also serves lunch and dinner. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Directly on the river in Chimney Rock is Riverwatch Bar and Grill, known for their specialty burgers, riverfront seating, and ice cold beer.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“An incredible selection of award-winning wines, including their signature Apple Wine. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Tucked behind the Geneva lodge, you will find this charming bar on the edge of the Broad River. Great views and charming local joint. It is very popular with bikers passing through the area.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Great food offered in an historic inn in Chimney Rock; the floor from "Dirty Dancing"!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Authentic Mexican food. The deck in the back is on a beautiful mountain stream.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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