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REOPENING: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Reopening March 8 / PARKING ALERT: Limited Parking at Rumbling Bald Climbing Access
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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park reopened to the public on March 8. The major road construction project is still in progress, but once complete it will restore the entrance road to two lanes.
Due to popularity, parking is limited this time of year at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. Visitors are asked to only park in the designated area: the gravel parking lot and on the left side only. Parking is not permitted along the entrance drive, on the grass or along the wooden bollards.
Please carpool, arrive early or later in the day to find adequate parking. The Town of Lake Lure has offered the municipal parking lot for use to climbers to carpool from as well. The Master Plan will address climbing access parking and capacity for this section of the state park.
Updated: 2014-03-10 08:09:00
White-Nose Syndrome Found in Local Bats / Round Top Mountain Area & Eagle Rock Park Lands
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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. ______________________________________________________________________________
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.
Updated: 2014-03-05 08:57:38
No fees are charged for the use of the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area.
Fees charged at the Chimney Rock access are determined by the concessionaire and can be found at their web site: Chimney Rock Management LLC