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Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Chimney Rock Access Partially Reopened   

A portion of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park reopened to the public on Friday, November 10. Visitors now have access to the Meadows, and hikers will have access to Hickory Nut Falls via the Four Seasons Trail. Access to Chimney Rock itself has not been restored after the landslide.

Please contact the state park office at chimney.rock@ncparks.gov or 828-625-1823 with any questions.

 Posted on: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:56am

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:

Partial Reopening of Chimney Rock Access

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.

Retaining Wall Collapse at Chimney Rock Access

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.

Contact:

Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
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.

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.