Completion of the elevator repair project was affected by the October 23 landslide, so the elevator will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists 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.
The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort. Hiking, mountain biking, and climbing are permitted in this area. This 20-mile round trip trail is operated in a partnership between Chimney Rock State Park and the Town of Lake Lure. Parking can be accessed at Buffalo Creek Park http://www.townoflakelure.com/buffalo-creek-park.php near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County. There is no legal parking area near Eagle Rock. Chimney Rock State Park is currently working on a reserved parking access near Eagle Rock with plans on opening the new parking area in June. Call the park office at 828-625-1823 for more information.
Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 inf
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
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 chimneyrockpark.com for up-to-date information when planning your visit.
*January 1-March 11: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. *March 12-November 4: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30 pm. *November 5-21: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 22). November 23-25: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *November 26-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.