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Rumbling Bald Parking Contruction    

We are happy to announce that the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area parking lot is under expansion construction. There will be construction equipment and people in the area. Some of the parking spots may be blocked but every effort will be made to keep the parking lot open during construction. Please use caution and give those working plenty of room. Carpool as much as possible. The projected finish date is April. Thank you for your help and cooperation and if you have additional questions, please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823.

 Last updated on: Friday, December 7, 2018

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.


⇒  NOW HIRING

Chimney Rock State Park is currently accepting applications for a seasonal park maintenance worker. Details on the job and how to apply here.


⇒  CHIMNEY ROCK AT CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK

 Purchase your admission ticket in advance


⇒  NOTICE: EAGLE ROCK PARKING IS OPEN

 Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock

Due to land constraints, there is not sufficient space for adequate parking at Eagle Rock. Reserved parking areas allow access to sections of the park on a first-come, first-served basis through a free online reservations system managed through Eventbrite. North Carolina State Parks recognizes the need for additional parking at this location and is working with community partners to provide improved parking in this area.


⇒  CAUTION: WATERFALL AREAS

Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.


 

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Earth Day Celebration

Blue Ghost Brewing Company will host Chimney Rock State Park’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.. The Brewery is located at 125 Underwood Rd. in Fletcher, N.C. The purpose of this event is to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable practices through educational stations, displays, interactive programs and demonstrations. Multiple agencies and organizations will have booths for your enjoyment and education. The event will be family-friendly and FREE.


743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park:
800-277-9611
visit@chimneyrockpark.com

 

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  • January 1 to March 9:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm
     
  • March 10 to November 2:
    8:30am to 7:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30pm
     
  • November 3 to December 31:
    8:30am to 6:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

*PLEASE NOTE: Operating hours for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park are subject to change throughout the seasons. Visit this website or chimneyrockpark.com for up-to-date information when planning your visit.

There is no fee for these accesses.

  • January to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November to December:
    8:00am to 6:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock