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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
*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




Party Rock Fire Hike

Join a park ranger at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access for a show and tell about wildfire gear, followed by a short hike. 
Following an informative discussion, we will carpool to the base of Rumbling Bald Mountain for this strenuous 2-mile hike, that will take you up to Party Rock.  On the 4 year anniversary, we will hike near the point of ignition, where we first starting attacking what would become the largest wildfire in the nation 2016.

Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of drinking water, and clothes for the weather.

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.

Date of Event: 
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Start Location: 
Rumbling Bald Access off Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC

Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Strenuous 2-mile

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 10:00am