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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. The projected finish date is April. 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: Friday, December 7, 2018

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.

 

Time: Gate opens 5am-6am for 6:30am service
Cost: Admission to the Sunrise Service is free. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the Park all day.

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast.

A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Old Rock Café following the service for $11.75 for adults and $6.99 for children under 10; drinks are not included. Guests who would like to return to the Park after breakfast can show their Old Rock receipt and bulletin at the Ticket Plaza to receive free admission for the day.

Please Note: Due to the large number of guests who attend the service, no one can be admitted through the gate after 6am.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/21/2019 - 5:00am to 6:00am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park and Blue Ghost Brewing Company would like to invite you to help us celebrate Earth Day.
 
Blue Ghost will be hosting Chimney Rock State Park’s Earth Day Celebration event from 2:00PM to 6:00PM on Saturday April 27, 2019. The purpose of this event is to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable practices through educational stations, displays, interactive programs and demonstrations. Multiple agencies and organizations will have booths for your enjoyment and knowledge. It will be a festival like atmosphere that is family friendly and free. Children will also be able to earn a free child's pass to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park!

Brews and food will be avaibale for purchase and live music will top it off!

Event will be held at Blue Ghost Brewing Company at 25 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732.

If you have questions, please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823.

See you there!

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/27/2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Start Location:
Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher NC

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park welcomes Boy Scouts of all ages to a day filled with lots of natural wonder. Join our team for hands-on activities to help you meet your badge requirements in this incredible 996-acre classroom. It’s not just the morning that’s packed with fun. Spend the afternoon earning your Junior Ranger badge by, attempting our 32-foot climbing wall and hiking some of the most beautiful trails in Western North Carolina. Still not enough? Spend the night under the stars. Join us for the rare opportunity to pitch your tent here in the Park!

 Price and Registration Info:

Scouts: $16 per scout includes admission, all programs, program materials and one patch per scout.

Adults: 1 adult per 10 scouts is required and admitted at no cost; $14 per additional adult when registered with a group; otherwise adults are $17 each.

Additional Youth (ages 5-15): $6 per youth when registered with group; otherwise $8 each.

Camping: $8 per person to camp; 1 adult per 5 campers is free.

Visit our website for detailed program information. Call 828.625.9611 to register. Registration closes April 28 and is limited to 150 scouts.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/04/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Girl Scouts of all ages are welcome to enjoy a day and night filled with natural wonder. Our specialized morning programs are designed to help your troop meet badge requirements and foster their appreciation for the great outdoors. Besides, they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize that they’re learning!

Price and Registration Info:

Scouts: $16 per scout includes admission, all programs, program materials and one patch per scout.

Adults: 1 adult per 10 scouts is required and admitted at no cost; $14 per additional adult when registered with a group; otherwise adults are $17 each.

Additional Youth (ages 5-15): $6 per youth when registered with group; otherwise $8 each.

Camping: $8 per person to camp; 1 adult per 5 campers is free.

Registration closes May 15 and is limited to 150 scouts.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/18/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
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.  

As you look up Hickory Nut Gorge, Shumont Mountain is one of the highest peaks you can see standing at 3842 feet above sea level. 
Join us for a moderate 2-mile round trip hike to this peak. 
This hike is along an old logging road from Eagle Rock to Shumont Mountain. 
We will discuss future plans for trails 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, 07/13/2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park:
800-277-9611
visit@chimneyrockpark.com

 

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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.

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

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