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The Best Places for Rock Climbing in North Carolina

If you are looking for your next outdoor adventure, look no further! Rock climbing is an exhilarating and fun sport. And when you stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, you will find plenty of nearby places to enjoy it! Below, you will find a few of our favorite places for rock climbing in North Carolina. However, if you are looking for more outdoor fun, download our free Chimney Rock Vacation Guide! It is full of recommendations on hiking, biking, river rafting, and more.

The Best Places for Rock Climbing in North Carolina


Chimney Rock is one of the most beautiful parks in North Carolina. Here, you will find that rock climbing is available year-round! Fox Mountain Guides is the leader of the rock climbing tours at Chimney Rock State Park. You must be at least seven years of age and all tours must be booked in advance. Two-hour, half-day, and full-day climbs are all available. For more information, visit the Fox Mountain Guides website.


Looking Glass Rock is located at Pisgah National Forest. It is one of the most popular spots in Western North Carolina for rock climbers, and for a good reason! This location is great for all levels of climbers. The routes available can take anywhere from an hour to an entire day to complete; it all depends on which one you take! Although you can enjoy this climb throughout the year, fall and winter are the best seasons for climbing.


Cedar Rock is another popular place for rock climbing at Pisgah National Forest. It is a great mountain for climbers of every skill level, offering a variety of different climbs. While you are visiting Pisgah National Forest, be sure to take your time to explore everything else that the park offers! You will find many beautiful nearby waterfalls that make a great addition to any rock climbing adventure.


In preparation of a chance of rain, it is always good to have a list of indoor rock climbing facilities at hand. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy, whether there is rain or shine!


After a fun-filled day of rock climbing in North Carolina, head home to the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant! Our boutique inn is only five minutes away from Chimney Rock State Park. Start your morning with a complimentary breakfast at our very own restaurant, and wind down the evening as you relax to the sounds of the Rocky Broad River on your private patio. 

Book the Honeymoon Cottage and enjoy a king-size bed, electric fireplace, flat-screen television, and mini-refrigerator. However you choose to spend your time at our inn, you can always expect the best amenitiespackages, and top-notch service. If you are ready to plan your next Western North Carolina getaway, check our availability and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.

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