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.
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!
On January 14, the quarterly Friends of Chimney Rock State Park’s Four Seasons Hike took place on the Rumbling Bald Trail, and over 70 people attended. The trail had burned during the 7,142-acre Party Rock Fire in November, so many came with questions about what a forest looks like after a wildfire.
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.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to visitors on Friday, November 25, at 8:30 am just in time for folks to walk off their Thanksgiving Day dinner.
The attraction area was evacuated on November 11 due to the Party Rock Fire that has burned over 7,000 acres in the Hickory Nut Gorge area. Thanks to the incredible support of firefighters from across the state and country, the area was protected, no one was injured and no structures were lost.
As of 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 15, the Party Rock Fire is 3,744 acres in size and remains at 15 percent containment. The weather has not been conducive for large fire growth the past couple days, but those conditions will change later this week. The passage of a strong cold front this Saturday will bring little to no moisture to the fire. The approaching front will bring strong gusty winds from the southwest starting on Thursday. This wind event has the potential to push the fire to the north and northeast toward Weed Patch Mountain and the Gray Rock community.
Chimney Rock, NC (November 10, 2016) - While the current forest fire in Lake Lure is not affecting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, the North Carolina Forest Service asked state park officials to close the Chimney Rock attraction area to ease congestion in Chimney Rock Village.
The Incident Command Team from NC Forest Service made the request to help ease traffic congestion while firefighters continue to fight the growing fire in Lake Lure. Air quality in the Park is also a concern for guests and associates.
Nov. 9, 2016 Update Party Rock Fire at Lake Lure
Lake Lure, NC: (2 pm) - In an ongoing battle to contain the forest fire at Party Rock on Rumbling Bald Mountain that broke out Nov. 5, the NC Forestry Service reports that there has been no loss of structures. However, due to changing wind conditions, additional standby evacuation notices have gone out in the previously identified areas of Rumbling Bald Resort.
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.