Chimney Rock State Park »  Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Update
Possible Winter Weather Closures / Climbing Permits Required at Rumbling Bald Access
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Due to changing weather conditions during the winter months, operations and public access at Chimney Rock State Park may be affected. Hazardous conditions, such as icy trails, falling ice, and high winds, may develop, and portions or all of the park may be closed for visitor safety.
Please call ahead before planning your visit to the park. Call the park office at (828) 625-1823 or the concessionaire office at 800-277-9611 before traveling to the park for up-to-date weather information and a list of trail, building, and feature closures.
A new climbing policy at the Rumbling Bald Access has been put into place. All climbers must fill out a free climbing permit before rock climbing or bouldering. Permits are available at the parking lot kiosk.
Organized groups of climbers must register at least two weeks in advance by submitting a Special Activity Permit application to the park superintendent.
Updated: 2014-11-21 09:07:14
Round Top Mountain Area & Eagle Rock Park Lands / White-Nose Syndrome Found in Local Bats
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At this time, there are no designated parking areas or public accesses for state park properties located on Round Top Mountain and Eagle Rock. Also, there are no designated hiking trails in these areas. Visitors are cautioned not to trespass and not to park on the private property adjoining these lands.
Presently, there is not a designated camping area at Chimney Rock State Park. Rock climbing and bouldering are currently only allowed at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access where climbers may park in the designated parking area located off Boys Camp Road.
White-Nose Syndrome has been found on bats in Hickory Nut Gorge. This deadly disease has decimated populations of bats across the eastern United States. In an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, visitors to the park, who may carry the disease on their shoes and equipment, are asked to stay out of the caves. The caves on Rumbling Bald Mountain in particular are closed to the public until further notice.
Updated: 2014-11-19 08:32:50
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is Open - see details below.
In 2008, the state parks system acquired a tract of land for Chimney Rock State Park that
is integral for future access to Rumbling Bald Mountain. The site, just off Boys Camp Road
at the western edge of the Town of Lake Lure, has long been used by the public as access
for climbing, bouldering and hiking on surrounding public land. (See map below.)
The access is open. All scheduled projects that affected the availability of this access
have been completed. Park personnel will continue to work on additional projects at this
site, however, closures should not occur as a result. Please consult this Website for
the most up to date information about the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access before planning
This is a day use area only and it receives heavy visitation in the winter.
Parking is limited and visitors are asked to park only in the designated area and to
consider carpooling when planning a visit. All state park rules and regulations apply.
The Nature Conservancy owns property on the south face of Rumbling Bald. The Conservancy
allows climbers there under the following conditions: only adults over 18 are allowed
to climb and no for-profit groups are allowed.