Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years. Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Free. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Cafe, and this event will take place rain or shine.
Events and Programs
Completion of the elevator repair project was affected by the October 23 landslide, so the elevator will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists 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.
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.
Join a park ranger on Earth Day for this is a once-in-a-lifetime hike to the top of Blue Rock Mountain.
A strenuous 3.5-mile hike to the top of Blue Rock Mountain. Join staff to scout out one of the newest ridges added to Chimney Rock State Park. The exposed Granitic Dome community is the second home for the park’s nesting falcons, plus many other rare and endangered species.
Registration is required, so check out this website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chimney-rock-earth-day-hike-registration-44... REGISTRATION FULL.
Meet at the Ticket Plaza at Chimney Rock State Park. #742 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Bring lunch and water. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed-toed shoes.
This hike is limited due to limited parking. Please contact 828-625-1823 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
We all know trees are important, but do we totally understand the roles they play in everyday life? Let a park ranger lead you through an introduction to the life cycle of a tree, basic tree ID, and impressive facts about our forest friends. At the end of the program, each participant will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty when they take home a tree seed to plant. This program is free and geared for children.
This program is being held outside of the park in a public library. Check out our calendar for a library program near you!
We all know trees are important, but do we totally understand the roles they play in everyday life? Let the Park Ranger lead you through an introduction to the life cycle of a tree, basic tree ID, and impressive facts about our forest friends. At the end of the program, each attendee will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty when they take home a small tree to plant.
This free program is presented in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.
Presented by Chimney Rock State Park.
Come join a park ranger for a Mother's Day hike at the edge of the world! This is a little-known vista affords views of Hickory Nut Gorge and the piedmont of North Carolina all the way to South Carolina on a clear day. Participants will learn about the history of the area, its flora and fauna, and get a little exercise in!
The hike includes moderate difficulty, a distance of 1.5 miles, and some off-trail walking. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required, so check out this website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chimney-rock-hiking-on-the-edge-registration-44339541763 to find out about this and other hikes
This hike is limited to 25 people due to limited parking. Please contact 828-625-1823 or email@example.com to get more information about registering.
Meeting location = 1040 Worlds Edge Road Hendersonville, NC 28792
Chimney Rock State Park
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.
*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.