Chimney Rock State Park After our boat ride, we drove to the other end of the lake for lunch at Larkin's On The Lake, a favorite spot for Susan and me, BUT the parking lot was full and overflowing - sad for our son & DIL - they would have enjoyed. So, onto Chimney Rock - the elevator was NOW working! We had a quick 'hot dog' lunch at the top - the quote below is from earlier in the thread - the pics are again a mix of previous ones and my new ones, ending w/ our son, Stephen looking out at Lake Lure - a wonderful spot for a view and lots of pics! Dave Chimney Rock & Lake Lure Chimney Rock is is a 500+ million year-old granite monolith that offers fabulous panoramic scenes of the surrounding area, including the Broad River and parts of Lake Lure (see first two quotes below). Chimney Rock is unique in having a 20+ floor height elevator, first opened in 1949 (check the links) - more detailed description in the last two quotes below - we've been up that elevator several times previously - about 10 years ago the State of North Carolina acquired the property which is now a State Park, however, the elevator has been a problem, as described below - has been 'out of service' for about 2 years and a 'brilliant' solution is needed - thus we did not enter the park, which offers MUCH - Chimney Rock can still be reached if one desires to climb, not a solution for us oldsters - the pics below show some 'web' views from the ROCK - also, during our boat ride on Lake Lure (upcoming posts), I captured a few nice images of Chimney Rock and a decent zoomed view showing a lot of people who made the climb today - we'll return once the elevator is operational. Dave P.S. CLICK on the images to enlarge! .