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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Main attraction closed from September 30 to October 2   

The Chimney Rock main attraction will be closed for roadway paving on Wednesday, September 30; Thursday, October 1; and Friday, October 2. The attraction will reopen on Saturday, October 3.

Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock accesses will not be affected by the paving project and will remain open. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Eagle Rock parking procedures in October   

Chimney Rock will be implementing a new parking procedure for Eagle Rock access on a trial basis. Beginning on October 1, 2020, reservations will no longer be required to park at Eagle Rock access. The gate at the access will be open to all visitors during regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We hope this new procedure will allow better access to Eagle Rock. Please note that there are only eight parking spaces at Eagle Rock access, so please be prepared to make alternate plans if the parking area is full when you arrive. Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects to Buffalo Creek Park, which is managed by the town of Lake Lure. Please do not park on private property or block any gates.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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
     

 

 

 

Chimney Rock State Park

Some of North Carolina’s most dramatic mountain scenery is found at Chimney Rock State Park, with the signature 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Admission is charged at the principal Chimney Rock Access, though the nearby Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is admission-free and offers one of the park’s six trails. Visiting Chimney Rock Access offers opportunities for picnicking and hiking on trails that range from child-friendly nature explorations to moderately strenuous treks to the top of Chimney Rock Mountain and to the edge of Hickory Nut Falls. Concessions and gift shops are available. The Rocky Broad River is a destination for trout anglers. Other access areas into the park—now encompassing more than 5,700 acres—are to be developed.
 


Tickets and reservations
 

 Purchase admission tickets for the attraction in advance

 Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock
 


Notices and alerts
 

Eagle Rock parking

Due to land constraints, there is not sufficient space for adequate parking at Eagle Rock. North Carolina State Parks recognizes the need for additional parking at this location and is working with community partners to provide improved parking in this area.

Chimney Rock will be implementing a new parking procedure for Eagle Rock access on a trial basis. Beginning on October 1, 2020, reservations will no longer be required to park at Eagle Rock access. The gate at the access will be open to all visitors during regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We hope this new procedure will allow better access to Eagle Rock. Please note that there are only eight parking spaces at Eagle Rock access, so please be prepared to make alternate plans if the parking area is full when you arrive. Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects to Buffalo Creek Park, which is managed by the town of Lake Lure. Please do not park on private property or block any gates.

Currently, reserved parking areas allow access to sections of the park on a first-come, first-served basis through a free online reservations system managed through Eventbrite.

Please note: Eventbrite will only accept reservations up until 10 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled visit. Same-day parking reservations can be made by calling the state park office at 828-625-1823.

 

Caution in waterfall areas

Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.

 


Current weather
 

28720 Chimney Rock, NC

 


 

 

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

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

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