Chimney Rock State Park wins platinum in Blue Ridge Country poll

Readers award Park four top awards
Jun. 16, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina has won the platinum award for favorite state park in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains poll.

Readers also awarded Chimney Rock State Park platinum for best hike to take the dog along, best beautiful fall foliage spot and best birding area. The area is also recognized as gold for best hiking trail (non-AT), silver for best gem mining, gold for best scenic photo opportunity and gold for best waterfall.

“Our readers voted in record numbers this year," said Blue Ridge Country Editor-in-Chief Kurt Rheinheimer. "We conduct Best of the Mountains voting only every five years, and we're so pleased that our knowledgeable, mountain-loving readership turned up a few real surprises to go along with recognizing many of the classic sites and sights of the region.”

“We are delighted to hear Chimney Rock won four top awards in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 Best of the Mountains poll, including ‘favorite state park’,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

“Considering the hundreds of popular outdoor destinations throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, we’re honored to receive these prestigious awards from Blue Ridge Country, which has been recognized with awards internationally.

“Chimney Rock has a lot of longtime, passionate fans and friends that eagerly shared their feelings to help earn these impressive honors for the Park.These awards are really about our fans and their love and support for this beautiful, iconic mountain destination in Western North Carolina,” said Jaeger-Gale.

She said visitors are attracted to first by the Chimney and mountain scenery, "but people tell us they keep coming back because our staff is one of the friendliest around. Chimney Rock has a beauty and personality that draws people back here year after year."

“State Parks recognizes the importance of continuing to provide access to this incredible scenery. Thanks to a 26-story elevator inside the mountain, everyone regardless of their physical ability can enjoy Chimney Rock and its stunning views,” said James Ledgerwood, Superintendent, Chimney Rock State Park.

This year the Best of the Mountains poll features a variety of reader selections, ranging from best waterfall to best southern cooking. Readers submitted their votes online over two months. Ballots produced almost 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions, people and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region.

The 2013 Best of the Mountains award winners can be found in the July/August 25th Anniversary Edition of Blue Ridge Country. The magazine is available on newsstands throughout the region as well as in a new Inaugural Digital Edition at