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Upcoming Events:

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
Activities

Hiking

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

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. 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 Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. There is no fee for the permit, and they’re found at the trail head of the Rumbling Bald Trail. 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.

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.

 

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.