On one of our prettiest days at Lake Lure, we drove over to the Chimney Rock Park to explore the beauty there. We began by taking an elevator, which traveled up about 26 stories to the Sky Lounge. From there it was about 44 steps up the top of Chimney Rock. From that height, about 2,280 ft, we were able to see beautiful Lake Lure and the surrounding mountains. It is estimated that on a clear day you can see a distance of around 75 miles. It was beautiful, but very scary as we approached the protective fence at the edge. We decided that we shouldn't climb any higher, so we did not hike on the Skyline Trail above. We drove down to the parking lot for the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and hiked over to view the falls from below. The hike was about 2 miles with a lot of it being uphill. We took our time and walked slowly and stopped for rest breaks when we felt winded. It was a beautiful hike and we took a lot of photos on our walk. The climactic fight scene in the film "The Last of the Mohicans" took place and was filmed at the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. We felt the long walk was well worth our effort when we viewed Hickory Nut Falls. It was very beautiful. Our money was well spent on our tickets to Chimney Rock Park. We enjoyed our day and the beauty of the trees, mountains, & waterfalls of this part of North Carolina.