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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
New Eagle Rock parking procedures in October   

Chimney Rock will be implementing a new parking procedure for Eagle Rock access on a trial basis. Beginning on October 1, 2020, reservations will no longer be required to park at Eagle Rock access. The gate at the access will be open to all visitors during regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We hope this new procedure will allow better access to Eagle Rock. Please note that there are only eight parking spaces at Eagle Rock access, so please be prepared to make alternate plans if the parking area is full when you arrive. Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects to Buffalo Creek Park, which is managed by the town of Lake Lure. Please do not park on private property or block any gates.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

The Chimney Rock attraction is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (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.

Grady's Animal Discovery Den and the classroom are closed. The Cliff Dwellers parking lot remains closed due to construction.

Rumbling Bald Access and Eagle Rock Access are both open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Climbing is permitted at Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock. Guided and group climbs must be 14 people or less and must have a Special Activity Permit.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter any building. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the park.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, 2020, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Chimney Rock State Park

Contact the park

State park office



Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park



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



  • 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 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




Educational programs

Park rangers offer regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs at the park. Contact the park office to arrange a presentation about the park at your location. Each April the park holds its annual Earth Day event where park rangers, biologists, and other environmental educators demonstrate the great work being done to protect the park and planet.

Educational materials about Chimney Rock State Park are being developed and correlated to North Carolina's curriculum. The program introduces students to the geology and cliffside ecology and Hickory Nut Gorge and focuses on plant and animal life, geologic forces, and stewardship.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 10:00am