The Chimneys (Linville Gorge, Pisgah NF): The .7-mile hike to the 21 Chimneys atop Linville Gorge is among the most beautiful vistas in North Carolina, amidst one of the most remote areas in the Blue Ridge. The steep climbs are a great area to set up top ropes, with slightly overhanging big pockets to climb and numerous cracks. The Chimneys are a great destination for beginning climbers looking for a great place to toprope moderate climbs in a beautiful setting.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-40 E 50 miles to Exit 103 (Morganton). Turn left onto US 64 N, go 2 miles to left onto NC 181. Follow 30 minutes, past the town of Table Rock, deep into the National Forest. Turn left at the Table Rock Picnic Area (Rose Mtn. Rd.) and follow 13 miles to the access point.