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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.  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: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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.

 

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, we invite the senior anglers to bring out their grandkids and try trout fishing together.
Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger down at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Cafe to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/08/2019 - 1:00pm to Mon, 09/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Old Rock Cafe

Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone.  Join a park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:00 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun filled night under the stars!  
You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event. 

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child Park admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-child-outside-family-campout-tickets-63876142261?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete  or by calling the park office at 828-625-1823. 

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/28/2019 - 5:00pm to Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The Meadows

Celebrate the beginning of autum evenings by seeing day turn to night from the top of the Rock!

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of stargazing, hands-on nature activities, and storytelling around the campfire during this fundraiser for the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park.

Camp Fires, Marshmallows & S'mores!
Storytelling with James Ledgerwood!
Cherokee Legends!
Night Hiking & Star Gazing!
Live Nocturnal Animals!
Naturalist Programs!
Night Time Gear Demonstration with Frugal Backpacker

Cost: $20 per adult;
$8 per child ages 5-15;
Free for children ages 4 and under.
(Please print your receipt for purchase OR have the receipt available on your mobile device in order to redeem at our Ticket Plaza.)

Get your ticket soon, this event usually sells out quickly!

Thanks to Ingles, Frugal Backpacker and Chimney Rock Management for supporting this amazing event!

 

Chimney Rock State Park - Park in the Dark

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

This series of guided hikes is sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers.  These hikes take you into back country areas where access is limited.  The hikes are free for current Friends members.  Chimney Rock State Park annual passholders may attend for a donation. 

Red, yellow, green….Go! Autumn colors should be a near to full peak by late October. 
Join us as we hike the entire ridgeline of Rumbling Bald from Eagle Rock to Party Rock. 
This is a strenuous 3.8-mile round trip hike along an old logging road and through rugged terrain. 
We will discuss future plans for tails in this area of the park.       

Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for tough mountain terrain and variable mountain weather. Bring plenty of water, snacks, & a lunch.  Programs are scheduled but ending time may vary based on the abilities of the group. 
Space is limited. Call 828-625-1823 to reserve your space today!

www.friendsofchimneyrockstatepark.org

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

This series of guided hikes is sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers.  These hikes take you into back country areas where access is limited.  The hikes are free for current Friends members.  Chimney Rock State Park annual passholders may attend for a donation. 

Join us as we explore a new trail in the park! 
This strenuous 4.6 -mile round trip hike will lead us along the Weedpatch Mountain trail from the top of Eagle Rock to Flapjack Rock. 
On this hike you can see excellent views of the North Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain as well as parts of Rumbling Bald Resort.   

Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for tough mountain terrain and variable mountain weather. Bring plenty of water, snacks, & a lunch.  Programs are scheduled but ending time may vary based on the abilities of the group.  Space is limited. Call 828-625-1823 to reserve your space today!

www.friendsofchimneyrockstatepark.org

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/21/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

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Contact

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: 35.432799, -82.25026

 

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

  • 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