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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
Portions of the cliff-side trail system at Chimney Rock State Park were closed in 2008 as a
result of an ongoing trails and facilities assessment by staff of the state parks system.
The closure affects the Cliff Trail and much of the Skyline Trail that create a loop across
the upper portion of the Chimney Rock section of the park and which represent about 20
percent of the existing 5.3-mile trails system. All of the park's principal natural
features remain accessible to the public on alternate trails.
The trail loop incorporated more than 40 structures necessary to navigate the sheer rock
faces, including boardwalks, handrail systems and platforms. The decision to close these
sections of the trail system was made jointly with Chimney Rock Management LLC, which
operates Chimney Rock.
The state parks system has begun the development of a formal master plan for the greater
Chimney Rock State Park. A comprehensive trails system that will present the scenery of the
Hickory Nut Gorge and link various segments of the park will be an integral part of that
plan. As part of the master planning process, the state park will seek public input on
recreation facilities and activities.
The state parks system also will continue with plans already in place to improve the overall
infrastructure of Chimney Rock using funding from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and
Your comments and questions regarding Chimney Rock's trails system are welcome.
Send comments and questions to
email@example.com where they will be shared with the leadership team of the
N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Information about visitor amenities, operations and special events at the park can be
found at www.chimneyrockpark.com; and
visitors can request a regular e-newsletter.
Further developments concerning Chimney Rock and its trails system will be reported on