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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
Events and Programs

Chimney Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

View the monthly event calendar here.

 

This hike is part of the Go Hike NC initiative sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.  There is no better way to burn off the calories from a big Thanksgiviing weekend then joining this 3 mile roundtrip hike that will ascend over 1,000" from the Rocky Borad River to the top ridge of Bluerock Mountain.  
With special permission from neighboring land trust, The Nature Conservancy, this is a once-in-a-lifetime hike through the Bat Cave Preserve up to the ridgeline where our resident Peregrine Falcons often build their summer home (waiver forms will be provided to enter).  The hike is a strenuous 1.5 miles of steep switchbacks up and back
should provide excellent views of the Hickory Nut Gorge below.  Join a park ranger for a Nature Hike along this conservation easement to reach the stae park's newest property on top of Bluerock.
Meet off HWY 64/74/9 across from the Bat Cave Applehouse at 9am, 
Wear sturdy shoes. Recommended to bring snacks and plenty of water.  
Pets are NOT allowed on this hike.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Gravel pull off across from the Bat Cave Applehouse - 400 Lake Lure Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Join a park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears.  What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about the largest land mammals in our woods. The Ranger will read a true story book about an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains.

This program series will be held outside of the park at various public libraries in the area. Admission is free. 

Date of Event:
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Polk County Public Library - 1289 W. Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722

This hike is part of the Go Hike NC initiative sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.  This 1.5 mile, Moderate hike should provide excellent exercise in the crisp winter air of the Hickory Nut Gorge.  Join a park ranger for a Nature Hike along a loop that meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas.
Wear sturdy shoes and warm layers. Recommended to bring snacks and plenty of water

Date of Event:
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746

Join a park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears.  What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about the largest land mammals in our woods. The Ranger will read a true story book about an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains.

This program series will be held outside of the park at various public libraries in the area. Admission is free. 

Date of Event:
Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Edneyville Branch Library - 2 Firehouse Rd.

Chimney Rock Mountain is home to a nesting pair of rare Peregrine Falcons! Come learn more about their amazing hunting abilities, how to spot one from the ground, and all about their recovery from DDT poisoning.

 

Date of Event:
Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Saluda Library - 44 W. Main St, Saluda, NC 28773
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.