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The elevator has been experiencing ongoing operational issues, so it will be out of service until the current repair project is completed. The project will install a new motor and computer control system so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
 

 Posted on: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 9:00am
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.  This 2 mile, Moderate hike should provide excellent views of fall colors just starting to come into the upper piedmont.  Join a park ranger for a Nature Hike along the ridge line of the park’s first property purchase from back in 2005.  This popular path is part of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's hiking badge program.  Wear sturdy shoes. Recommended to bring sunblock, snacks and plenty of water

This hike is also part of Take a Child Outside Week, 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 are open to the public.

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
World’s Edge, #1040 Worlds Edge Road Hendersonville, NC 28792

Lots of folks think spiders are for smushing, but our park rangers are going to change their mind! Your students will learn all about these eight-legged creatures and why they’re so important to us. We’ll make sure they never look at a spider the same again.

This program series will be held outside of the park at various public libraries in the area. Admission is free. Check out this web site for a location near you!

Date of Event:
Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Edneyville Branch Library - 2 Firehouse Rd.

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 a very famous and familiar bear.

This program series will be held outside of the park at various public libraries in the area. Admission is free. Check out this web site for a location near you!

Date of Event:
Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Saluda Public Library - 44 W Main St, Saluda, NC 28773

The Skyline Trail once a favorite hike of many Park visitors closed in 2008 for assessment and repair. After much thought and revamping North Carolina State Parks created a longer hike winding through the ridgeline forest on top of Chimney Rock Mountain. This primarily rolling trail takes guests through beautiful woodland landscapes with surprising occasions for jaw-dropping views. Don’t miss this guided hike by a local naturalist who began his career documenting the species on the original trail and is now exploring the new.

Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!

The Skyline Trail Trek is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March - December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

Cost: Includes Park admission: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Contact 828-625-9611 for more information.

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 views of fall colors just starting to peak in 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. Recommended to bring snacks and plenty of water

Date of Event:
Mon, 10/23/2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746
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.