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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Current status of park facilities   

The Chimney Rock attraction is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (no admission after 5:30pm).

The attraction is operating at a "limited" parking capacity. Entrance into the attraction will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If capacity is reached, the park will close any further entry until some space has cleared to allow more vehicles to enter.

Grady's Animal Discovery Den and the classroom are closed. The Cliff Dwellers parking lot remains closed due to construction.

Rumbling Bald Access and Eagle Rock Access are both open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Climbing is permitted at Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock. Guided and group climbs must be 14 people or less and must have a Special Activity Permit.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter any building. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the park.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, 2020, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Chimney Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

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: 35.4327, -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
 


Hours
 

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  • 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.
     

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  • 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
     

 

 

 

Additional information

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.

Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area

This parking area serves Eagle Rock, the Tunnel Trail and the Weed Patch Mountain Trail. Hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking are permitted in this area.

What is reserved parking?

Due to land constraints, there is not sufficient space for adequate parking at Eagle Rock. Reserved parking areas allow access to sections of the park on a first-come-first-served basis through a free online reservation system. The state parks system recognizes the need for additional parking at this location and is working with community partners to provide improved parking in this area.

Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock. The parking reservation system is managed through Eventbrite.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock and on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain. The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

  • If you are climbing, rappelling or bouldering, you must fill out a climbing permit.
  • N.C. State Parks does 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 only in designated areas 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 info@foxmountainguides.com

Organized Groups

All organized groups, including climbers and mountain bikers, are required to submit a Special Activity Permit to the park superintendent for each day that the group plans to utilize this area. This includes camps, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. Permits should be made at least 14 days prior to the activity. The group leader will need to have a copy of the signed Special Activity Permit. Permits may be limited due to parking availability at Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area. Please call the state park office at 828-625-1823 for information.

Permits

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 application 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.

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Upcoming Events:

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