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Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Bear Basics

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 an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains.

This program series will be held outside of the park at various public libraries in the area. Admission is free. 

Date of Event: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location: 
Polk County Public Library - 1289 W. Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722
  • Ranger leading library program
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.