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Current status of park facilities   

The Chimney Rock attraction is open daily from 8:30am to 7:00pm (no admission after 5:30pm).

The attraction is operating at a "limited" parking capacity. Entrance into the attraction will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If capacity is reached, the park will close any further entry until some space has cleared to allow more vehicles to enter.

Rumbling Bald Access and Eagle Rock Access are both open daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm.

Climbing is permitted at Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock. Guided and group climbs must have less than 10 people and must have a Special Activity Permit.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the park. Monitor this website regularly for updates to park facility status.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Chimney Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

State park office

828-625-1823

chimney.rock@ncparks.gov

 

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

800-277-9611

visit@chimneyrockpark.com
 

Addresses
 

Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.4327, -82.2502

 

Rumbling Bald access

827 Boys Camp Road
Lake Lure, NC 29746

GPS: 35.4434, -82.2194

 

Eagle Rock access*

1911 Shumont Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

GPS: 35.4722, -82.2423
*Reservation required for parking

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 220
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
 


Hours
 

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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.
     

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  • 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
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is permitted on the Weed Patch Mountain Trail. This 17-mile round-trip trail is operated in a partnership between Chimney Rock State Park and the Town of Lake Lure. Parking can be accessed at Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County and the Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area near Shumont Mountain in Buncombe County. Both areas have limited parking. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock

Fishing

Ply your line along the Rocky Broad River, so named after several floods deposited rocks and boulders mid-stream and along the banks. The river, regulated as undesignated trout waters, can be accessed from the front gate in Chimney Rock Village. For season dates and regulations for each type of trout water, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). A valid North Carolina fishing license and trout license are required for all streams, and regulations of the WRC are enforced throughout the park.

Picnicking

Scattered along the Chimney Rock access road are tables and grills for picnicking. Groups of tables are located in the Meadows area and at the top of the access road. Drinking water and restrooms are located near the group areas. Use of the tables requires no extra fee and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gift Shops

Two gift shops at the top of the fee-based Chimney Rock access road entice visitors to bring back souvenirs from their trip to the park. Prior to accessing the 26-story elevator, the lower gift shop, called Cliff Dwellers, showcases clothing, books and decorative items. At the top of the elevator, the Sky Lounge retails classic souvenirs.

Concession Stand

In the fee-based Chimney Rock access, the Sky Lounge’s concession stand provides sandwiches, ice cream, and drinks to those who have built up an appetite climbing the nearly 500 stairs of the Outcroppings Trail.

Restaurant

Enjoy a relaxing meal in the Old Rock Café located at the Chimney Rock main gate. Open year-round, the restaurant serves tasty food and refreshing drinks to hungry and thirsty visitors and offers patio dining by the Rocky Broad River.

Climbing

Important: See the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for information about climbing at the park.

Climbing is permitted in designated areas on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain and on Eagle Rock. Because of the dangers of bouldering, rock climbing and rappelling, these activities are not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by an experienced climber. A registration and permit system has been implemented for the climbing areas in the park. The free permits can be found on the trailheads. The permit system contributes to climber safety and also provides information for the park’s climbing management plan. Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment and adhering to safe practices. Basic safety equipment and techniques must be used at all times.

Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock

No Camping

Our master plan indicates that we will provide backpack camping in the future, but we do not currently offer any overnight facilities in the park. Please check out the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority’s web site for a list of local campgrounds.