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Weekend delays at main attraction   

Due to increased visitation, several parks are reaching parking space capacity and are having to close temporarily on weekends to incoming traffic. The main attraction at Chimney Rock State Park has been reaching capacity around 11 a.m. on Saturdays. As we move into the fall leaf season, please plan to visit the park during the week, if possible, or early in the morning on weekends.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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


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

 

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

 

 

 

Scheduled events
 

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 events hosted by Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park »

 


 

The Rumbling Bald Trail is a loop trail 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. Join a park ranger as we explore the signs of the autumn season and explain the science behind changing leaf colors.  This moderate hike is very family friendly.

Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of drinking water, and clothes for the weather.

We are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s:
Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended);
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your party;
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC

The Rumbling Bald Trail is a loop trail 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. Join a park ranger as we explore the signs of the autumn season and explain the science behind changing leaf colors.  This moderate hike is very family friendly.

Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of drinking water, and clothes for the weather.

We are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s:
Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended);
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your party;
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Date of Event:
Fri, 10/30/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC

Join a park ranger at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access for a show and tell about wildfire gear, followed by a short hike. 
Following an informative discussion, we will carpool to the base of Rumbling Bald Mountain for this strenuous 2-mile hike, that will take you up to Party Rock.  On the 4 year anniversary, we will hike near the point of ignition, where we first starting attacking what would become the largest wildfire in the nation 2016.

Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of drinking water, and clothes for the weather.

We are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s:
Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended);
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your party;
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/07/2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC

Join a park ranger on this kid friendly Tracks & Trails program that will discuss the how erosion and geology formed Hickory Nut Gorge.  This program will also include a short hike up to the West boulder field at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access.  No better way to exercise the body in fall wether and work off some of those Thanksgiving treats.  #OptOutside Day

Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of drinking water, and clothes for the weather.

We are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s:
Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended);
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your party;
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC