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First Day Hike from the Bridge to the Rock

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park



Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.4327, -82.2502


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


Mailing address

P.O. Box 220
Chimney Rock, NC 28720



  • 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 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




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 open the park gate for hikers to enter between 7:30-8:30am. 
During this once a year special opportunity, family groups can stroll up 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!

Leave your vehicle parked on Main Street, Chimney Rock and enter the park next to the Old Rock Café. 
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed by automobiles 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 to climb the Chimney and other park trails on 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 uphill along a paved surface.

We are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s:
Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended);
Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your party;
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

In an effort to assist guests in spacing apart, there will not be a start time nor any intro talk this year.
Hikers can begin this adventure in their own time between 7:30-8:30am.

Advanced registration is required,
and attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants.
Please call the Park office at 828-625-9611 if you have any questions

Register here:

Date of Event: 
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Start Location: 
Meet at the Old Rock Café

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Moderate 3-mile

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 10:00am
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 8:00am