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Park In The Dark

Park In The Dark

Celebrate the beginning of autum evenings by seeing day turn to night from the top of the Rock!

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of stargazing, hands-on nature activities, and storytelling around the campfire during this fundraiser for the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park.

Camp Fires, Marshmallows & S'mores!
Storytelling with James Ledgerwood!
Cherokee Legends!
Night Hiking & Star Gazing!
Live Nocturnal Animals!
Naturalist Programs!
Night Time Gear Demonstration with Frugal Backpacker

Cost: $20 per adult;
$8 per child ages 5-15;
Free for children ages 4 and under.
(Please print your receipt for purchase OR have the receipt available on your mobile device in order to redeem at our Ticket Plaza.)

Get your ticket soon, this event usually sells out quickly!

Thanks to Ingles, Frugal Backpacker and Chimney Rock Management for supporting this amazing event!


Chimney Rock State Park - Park in the Dark


Date of Event: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Start Location: 
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Map of North Carolina



State park office


Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park




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



  • 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

Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock