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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: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 7:50pm

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:

North Carolina State Park System Celebrates 100th Anniversary

North Carolina’s state park system welcomes more than 17.3 million visitors each year to enjoy more than 230,000 acres. Its centennial celebration this year provides an opportunity to recognize the visionary leaders who set the wheels in motion.  

It all started with Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who set out to prove that Mount Mitchell was the highest peak in the eastern United States. Using barometric pressure calculations, he determined it as the highest peak at 6,684 feet—and the U.S. Geologic Survey agreed with him in 1882. 


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.