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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:00am
UPDATE: Waterfall Trail Has Reopened 2:25 pm, October 17   

The Hickory Nut Falls Trail was closed on the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, October 17. This allowed contractors to pour concrete for the stairs to connect the trail to the Outcroppings Trail.

Please contact state park office with any questions at 828-625-1823 or

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:26pm
Chimney Rock Half-Day Closure on October 23   

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be be closed on the morning of Monday, October 23. Helicopter flights have been scheduled to place steel beams for the connector stairs between the Hickory Nut Falls and Outcroppings trails. The estimated reopening time is 12:00 pm.

Please contact state park office with any questions at 828-625-1823 or

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:26pm
Elevator Out of Service Until Project's End   

The elevator has been experiencing ongoing operational issues, so it will be out of service until the current repair project is completed. The project will install a new motor and computer control system so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:26pm

In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Entrance and activity fees charged at the Chimney Rock access are determined by the concessionaire and can be found at their web site: Chimney Rock Management LLC. The Rumbling Bald access area does not charge an entrance fee. Please see the park map for more information.


All organized groups of rock climbers and boulderers are required submit a Special Activity Permit to the park superintendent for each day the group plans to climb. Permits should be made at least 14 days prior to the activity.  The instructor will need to have a copy of the signed Special Activity Permit and the yellow copy of the day use permit (see above) with them during the climb. Please call the park office for information about the Special Activity Permit.

The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

  • If you are climbing, rappelling or bouldering you must fill out a climbing permit.
  • NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.
  • Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.
  • Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.
  • Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.
  • All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.
  • Park only in designated parking areas.

Note: All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.

Fee-based climbing opportunities also exist in the Chimney Rock access. Visitors may register at the private rock climbing concession located near the Cliff Dwellers gift shop. To sign up for or get additional information on rock climbing programs at the Chimney Rock access, contact Fox Mountain Guides at 888-284-8433 or


Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.


A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.


Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611,
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 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.