It’s beginning to look and feel Like autumn in the mountains of Western North Carolina! And while the Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful at any time of year, there is just something magical about the seasons changing and the weather becoming crisp and cool. And if you're looking for the best of the mountains in one place, head to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. General Manager Mary Jaeger-Gale shares info about hiking trails, fall and winter specials, photo contests and more. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located a short, lovely drive south of Asheville and you’ll find the most beautiful scenic vistas, hiking trails and rock climbing adventures. It’s truly one of the area’s most popular attractions.