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Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice   

The elevator has been experiencing ongoing operational issues, so it will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.

 Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:33am
Rumbling Bald Climbing Area Reopened December 8   

The Rumbling Bald Climbing Area reopened on Thursday, December 8. This area had been closed from November 5 - December 7 due to a 7,142-acre wildfire that burned Rumbling Bald Mountain.

Hazardous effects from the wildfire may include dislodged, loose rocks; tree bases weakened by the fire; fallen trees hung up in other trees; and deep holes from burned out stumps.  Other hazards may exist in these areas as well. Some hot spots may remain, both near the containment lines and deeper within the fire area.  Windy conditions may cause some still smoldering embers to flare up, fueled in part by more leaves falling. Be aware of your surroundings as you enjoy the access area.

The access will start its usual winter schedule on December 8 with hours from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week. Please call 828-625-1823 or write with any questions.

Information on the Party Rock Fire can be found on INCIWEB (

 Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:50pm
Eagle Rock, Shumont & Rumbling Bald Mountains Closed Due to Wildfire   

Due to damage and unsafe conditions left after a wildfire in the area, the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access and all backcountry accesses to Rumbling Bald Mountain are closed. This includes Eagle Rock, Party Rock, and Shumont Mountain.

According to North Carolina Forest Service as of December 1 at 10:40 am, the fire burned 7,142 acres, and it is 100% contained. Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB (

 Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:52pm

Chimney Rock State Park

Some of North Carolina’s most dramatic mountain scenery is found at Chimney Rock State Park, with the signature 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Admission is charged at the principal Chimney Rock Access, though the nearby Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is admission-free and offers one of the park’s six trails. Visiting Chimney Rock Access offers opportunities for picnicking and hiking on trails that range from child-friendly nature explorations to moderately strenuous treks to the top of Chimney Rock Mountain and to the edge of Hickory Nut Falls. Concessions and gift shops are available. The Rocky Broad River is a destination for trout anglers. Other access areas into the park—now encompassing more than 5,700 acres—are to be developed.

Latest Park News:

Chimney Rock Attraction Preparing to Reopen This Friday

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to visitors on Friday, November 25, at 8:30 am just in time for folks to walk off their Thanksgiving Day dinner.

The attraction area was evacuated on November 11 due to the Party Rock Fire that has burned over 7,000 acres in the Hickory Nut Gorge area. Thanks to the incredible support of firefighters from across the state and country, the area was protected, no one was injured and no structures were lost.

Party Rock Fire News Release for 11-15-16 9:00 a.m.

As of 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 15, the Party Rock Fire is 3,744 acres in size and remains at 15 percent containment. The weather has not been conducive for large fire growth the past couple days, but those conditions will change later this week. The passage of a strong cold front this Saturday will bring little to no moisture to the fire. The approaching front will bring strong gusty winds from the southwest starting on Thursday. This wind event has the potential to push the fire to the north and northeast toward Weed Patch Mountain and the Gray Rock community.


Chimney Rock State Park

PO Box 220
Chimney RockNC 28720
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611,
Latitude: 35.439814
Longitude: -82.248554

Park Hours:

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park:

Operating Hours for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park are subject to change throughout the seasons. Consult this website or for up-to-date information when planning your visit.

November 28 - December 24: 10am - 4:30pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Closed Christmas Day

December 25-31: 10am - 4:30pm
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm.

Rumbling Bald Climbing Access:

January - February: 8am to 6pm

March - April: 8am to 8pm

May - August: 8am to 9pm

September - October: 8am to 8pm

November - December: 8am to 6pm

Closed December 25, Christmas Day.

There is no fee for this access.