Photo by Stuart Parker
|Range/Region:||Blue Ridge Mountains|
|First successful climber(s):||most likely the Cherokees|
|Nearest major airport:||Asheville|
Thanks to Matt kirk for adding this peak.
The Chimneys are located in the infamous Linville Gorge (an excellent example of why the Appalachian foothills can not always be written off as tame). The Gorge hosts some of North Carolina's most prized rock climbs- the most popular being the 50 or so established routes on Table Rock, Hawksbill, and Shortoff Mountain. The Chimneys lie along the eastern ridgeline of the gorge approximately one mile south of Table Rock and three miles north of Shortoff. Virtually a labrynth of boulders and cliffs, the Chimneys can be enjoyed by practically everyone thanks to the Mountain-to-Sea Trail which conveniently traverses the entire ridge and connects up with the Table Rock Parking Area a quarter mile to the north. Most of the chaotic summits of the Chimney area can be reached after a brief moment or two of route finding in class 1-2 fashion, but for those with the skill and passion, class 5 bouldering and rappeling options are in abundance here as well as wonderful backpacking adventures in general for the entire gorge area. Check it out!
Thanks to Matt kirk for this description.