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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 0.25-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:38am
New Trail Configuration at Rumbling Bald   

The Rumbling Bald Trail has been rerouted and rehabilitated, and the entire loop trail is now open to visitors. By following the trail's orange circle blaze, climbers, boulderers, and hikers can access the east, central, and west boulder fields and the cliffs on Rumbling Bald Mountain as before. The new sustainable route avoids the areas of severe erosion, however, so expect to find a new trail configuration for the path to the west side. The new route starts 20 yards past the deep gully at the bottom of the parking lot's hill.

Contact the state park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions or concerns.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:39am

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 Elevator Status

The elevator at Chimney Rock State Park has been out of service since August 2015 and will remain out of service until repairs can be made. The decision to temporarily close the elevator to the public was made after a series of service interruptions, including jerky travel and uneven leveling, that occurred in early 2015. An unfortunate few became stuck in the elevator, but park rangers and local firefighters safely evacuated them out by the emergency stairs. Until we can provide reliable and smooth service, we will keep the elevator closed to visitors.

Parking for Rock Climbing Access Limited

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.


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.

January 1 - March 12, 2016: 10am to 6pm
Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm.
Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays

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.