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Highway 9 Landslide/Eagle Rock Parking lot   

May 5 2018, a major landslide occured on Hwy 9 at Shumont Road. The Department of Transportation has stated that it could be multiple months until the road is opened. This slide has blocked State Park staff from accessing the Eagle Rock area.  As such, the Eagle Rock parking lot project has been put on hold until further notice.For updates please visit NC DOT's website at

 Posted on: Wednesday, August 29, 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.


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 with the office at 828-625-9611. Space is limited.

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 5:30 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. 

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, 09/29/2018 - 5:00pm to Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The Meadows

Join a Ranger for a 1 mile guided hike through the forest of Rumbling Bald.  Meet at the State Park parking lot off Boys Camp Rd. at 9am.  

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access

Join Chimney Rock State Park officials and the Carolina Climbers Coalition at Eagle Rock, the park's newest rock climbing, biking, and hiking destination. We hope to install signs for the park, clean up broken glass, and get rid of graffiti on the rock. After the work day is done, open climbing and bouldering will be open for that day. We will also use the day to plan for a trail expansion of the current Tunnel Trail, leading to the base of the Lower Tier. For information on climbing routes visit the link below. Please bring: Post Hole Diggers, shovel, work gloves, wire scrub brush, lunch, water, climbing gear, sturdy shoes, canvas bag for broken glass/ trash Participants must register (25 limit). Parking is very limited. Stay after for open climb and a crag tour! Participants coming from the south note that route 9 may be closed just before Shumont Road. Participants should check with the Town of Lake Lure to see if Route 9 is open if driving in from the south.  To register for this event go to

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/13/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Eagle Rock Trail Parking Lot

Join the Friends as we explore a new trail in the park!  This moderate two-mile round trip hike will lead the Friends to the top of Eagle Rock and down part of the new Weed Patch Mountain Trail through a large rock tunnel at the base of Eagle 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.  Meet Ranger Scheip at the Ticket Plaza in the Chimney Rock Attraction at 10 a.m.  

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.  

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. 
Space is limited. Call 828-625-1823 to reserve your space today!

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611,
Latitude: 35.439814
Longitude: -82.248554

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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 for up-to-date information when planning your visit.

*January 1-March 11: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. *March 12-November 4: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30 pm. *November 5-21: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 22). November 23-25: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *November 26-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.