Chimney Rock, NC

Chimney Rock is in Rutherford County, North Carolina

2018 Best Guide to Chimney Rock, NC

May 23, 2017

Chimney Rock NC is a small village located in Rutherford County near Asheville and Hendersonville in the western part of North Carolina.

A small village of about 110 people (down from 175 in 2010) and 3 square miles, the town gets its name from the 315-foot granite rock at the top of the adjacent mountain in Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock and nearby Lake Lure are well-publicized by the local businesses as the filming locations for two Hollywood hit movies, The Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing. 

Lake Lure (the lake and town) is located just a few miles down the road from Chimney Rock. The lake is 720 acres and was created after the damming of the Broad River in the 1920s. As shown in the image above, It is the most prominent item viewed from the rock overlook at the top of the park.


The weather in Chimney Rock NC is about what you would expect for a location in the western NC mountains - warm summers and cool winters. The average high temperatures in July are around 80 degrees F, which is a bit cooler than Asheville. The lows drop to about 60 Fahrenheit. 

Zip Code

The zip codes for Chimney Rock NC are 28746, 28756, and 28720.


The population of Chimney Rock NC is 112, as of the year 2012. That is a 35% drop since 2000, when the population was 175.


The elevation of Chimney Rock NC is 1,040 feet above sea level. The actual rock that everyone summits for the grand views, is another 315 high.


The average age of people living here is 53. The typical income for a household is $42,000, while the per capita income is $21,000. The average home value is about $200,000. 98% of the population is white, and 1% is black. 

About 94% hold a high school diploma, 24% have a Bachelor's degree, and 3% hold a Graduate degree. The unemployment rate is 12%. Politically speaking, Chimney Rock's residents are mostly Republicans, with 66% voting for Romney in the 2012 Presidential elections, a trend that has occurred since at least 1996.

Chimney Rock State Park

Nearby Towns

Towns close to Chimney Rock NC include...

Lake Lure, NC
Gerton, NC
Fruitland, NC
Edneyville, NC
Fairview, NC
Dana, NC
Hoopers Creek, NC
Black Mountain, NC
Asheville, NC


The newspaper that serves Chimney Rock NC is Around Lake Lure, an online publication.


There is very little crime in Chimney Rock, what with the small population.


The closets airports are...

Asheville Regional Airport is 27 miles away.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is about 60 miles away.


About 77% of those who residents who are religious in Chimney Rock are Southern Baptists, while 12% are United Methodists. In total, 70% are affiliated with a religious organization.