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Elevator Out of Service   

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, February 17, 2017 - 11:58am
Post-Wildfire Hazards at Rumbling Bald   

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; potentially hazardous climbing routes; and deep holes from burned out stumps.  Other hazards may exist in these areas as well. Be aware of your surroundings as you enjoy the access area.

The access started 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 chimney.rock@ncparks.gov with any questions.

Information on the Party Rock Fire can be found on INCIWEB (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/).

 Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:15pm

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:

Rogue Ranger Volunteer Work Day @ Rumbling Bald Climbing Access

Volunteers were split into four crews to work on various tasks, such as installing railings to preserve switchbacks, clearing trails of debris, raking gravel back onto designated trails, building structured rock staircases near the rock-face, and removing various trees and limbs affected during the forest fire. Some volunteers even brought their own tools, and the Friends group received generous donations and recruited new members. This event for 2017’s first volunteer work day was a great success for the local community and volunteers in support of Chimney Rock State Park!

Contact:

Chimney Rock State Park

PO Box 220
Chimney RockNC 28720
Phone828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611, visit@chimneyrockpark.com
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 chimneyrockpark.com for up-to-date information when planning your visit.

January 1-March 11: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

March 12-November 4: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. 
Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30 pm.

November 5-22: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 23).

November 24-26: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm.
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.

November 27-December 24: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.

Closed Christmas Day (December 25).

December 26-31: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.

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.