Drove to NC to see the fall colors at Chimney park last year. It was a beautiful fall day and a moderate to difficult hike but it can be eased by riding the elevator up to the top. Quite a few steps to contend with, however the view is incredible. There is an entry fee but it is is well worth it. After our hike we dined at a restaurant right outside the park overlooking the creek.
Park Web Site Chimney Rock State Park