Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to the public on Friday, November 10 with limited access and a reduced price. The Meadows area will be accessible, along with the Great Woodland Adventure, Four Seasons, and Hickory Nut Falls trails. Visitors will not be able to access the Chimney or upper trail system, however, as the upper entrance road and parking lot need to be repaired after the landslide on October 23.
A retaining wall at the top parking lot in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park collapsed during heavy rainfall in the area on October 23. Some of the debris washed to the road below. Crews are working to clear the roadway.
Representatives from NCDOT are assessing the situation to determine what needs to be done to fix the damage. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will remain closed until further notice.
By: Park Technician Alison Linden
In June 2017, Chimney Rock State Park reopened the historical gatehouses that align the park’s entrance. The gatehouses were originally designed by an art deco architect named Douglas Ellington in 1934. Visitors may be familiar with some of his other architectural work around Asheville, such as the S & W Cafeteria or the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Mr. Ellington designed the gatehouses of Chimney Rock State Park as reversed archways to tie in with Lake Lure’s Italianate style archways.
by: Alison Linden, Park Technician, Chimney Rock State Park
In September, Chimney Rock State Park reopened the deck area at the base of the Outcroppings Trail. This deck project, which started in January, was a remodeling effort to increase the size of the deck. The old deck area was torn down and replaced with a new structure. Along the way, there were other challenges to overcome, including rerouting the Outcroppings Trail so visitors could still access the Chimney Rock itself.
A capital improvement project has begun to repair the iconic elevator and restore service to park visitors. This summer and fall contractors will work to replace the motor and computer control system, and they will tie these into the power lines installed last spring. The work will be technical and exceptional as helicopters fly equipment in and out, but the result will be well worth it.
Visitors who have hiked in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park recently have noticed some construction going on at the base of the Outcroppings Trail. This work is part of a project to rebuild and expand the deck outside the Gneiss Cave. To this end, contractors have been working since March to build a detour for the Outcroppings so visitors can still climb to points along the trail, including Vista Rock, the Grotto, the Subway and Pulpit Rock.
By James Ledgerwood, Park Superintendent
In 2016, the Connect NC bond package was approved by voters, and an ambitious slate of improvement projects for NC State Parks began to move forward. Chimney Rock State Park assigned the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area’s parking lot as its top priority, and park staff have been excited to review the plans and envision the upcoming improvements.
The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation has begun a capital improvement project to repair the elevator at Chimney Rock State Park. Input from elevator companies and electrical engineering consultants determined that a new motor and elevator control system need to be installed. This work may require day-long closures to the Chimney Rock attraction during the project; more information will be posted as it becomes available.
Chimney Rock State Park is looking for a seasonal Park Technician to assist our maintenance mechanics and park rangers in over 6,800 acres of beautiful mountain terrain.
Duties will include mowing, cleaning facilities and grounds, assisting staff in daily park operations, treating invasive plant and insect species, and assisting staff in general maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment and machinery.
The position is temporary, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm with some evenings and weekends.