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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: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:40am
Parking Limited for Rock Climbing Access   

Rock climbing and bouldering are currently only allowed at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain. Climbers may park in the designated parking area located at 827 Boys Camp Road. Should this parking lot become full, as it often does during the busy winter months, climbers are asked to park at the Welcome Center in Lake Lure (2932 Memorial Hwy (US Hwy. 64/74A)) and walk or carpool over to the climbing access. Parking along the roads or on private property is strongly discouraged.

At this time, the only two designated parking areas and public accesses for the state park are the Rumbling Bald and Chimney Rock accesses. There are no designated parking areas or public accesses for state park properties located on Round Top Mountain and Eagle Rock, nor are there designated hiking trails or camping areas in these locations.  Visitors are cautioned not to trespass and not to park on the private property adjoining these lands.

 Posted on: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:42am

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.


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.
March 13 - November 5: 8:30am to 7pm
Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30pm.
November 6-23: 8:30am - 6pm
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

November 25-27: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm.

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