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First Day Hike from the Bridge to the Rock

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Contact

State park office

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

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

800-277-9611
visit@chimneyrockpark.com

 

Addresses

Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.432799, -82.25026

 

Rumbling Bald access

827 Boys Camp Road
Lake Lure, NC 29746

GPS: 35.4434, -82.2194

 

Eagle Rock access*

1911 Shumont Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

GPS: 35.4722, -82.2423
*Reservation required for parking

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 220
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

 

Hours

  • 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
     

Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock

 

 

First Day Hike from the Bridge to the Rock

  • Chimney Rock and Bridge 1920s

Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike!
A Park Ranger will lead an informative discussion about the park's history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that's free to participants!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café at 8:00 a.m. 
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top. 
The park will provide shuttle transportation back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village by 10:00 a.m. 
Hike particpants can return to the Park for the same day at no charge.
 
State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America's state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America's state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.  
State parks are a "close to home" resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.
 
Bring plenty of drinking water, clothing suited to the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. 
This hike will be moderately strenuous up hill along a paved surface.

Advanced registration is not required.  Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions

Date of Event: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Start Location: 
Meet at the Old Rock Café

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Moderate 3-mile

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 8:00am