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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:00am
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am
Rumbling Bald Parking Contruction    

We are happy to announce that the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area parking lot is under expansion construction. There will be construction equipment and people in the area. Some of the parking spots may be blocked but every effort will be made to keep the parking lot open during construction. Please use caution and give those working plenty of room. Carpool as much as possible. The projected finish date is April. Thank you for your help and cooperation and if you have additional questions, please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823.

 Last updated on: Friday, December 7, 2018

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Earth Day Celebration

Blue Ghost Brewing Company will host Chimney Rock State Park’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.. The Brewery is located at 125 Underwood Rd. in Fletcher, N.C. The purpose of this event is to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable practices through educational stations, displays, interactive programs and demonstrations. Multiple agencies and organizations will have booths for your enjoyment and education. The event will be family-friendly and FREE.

The Rumble 2019

On February 16, Chimney Rock’s Rumbling Bald Parking lot held over 300 participants eager to begin Carolina Climber’s Coalitions’ (CCC’s) annual climbing competition. After a night of rain thoroughly dampened the boulder field and cliff faces, conditions for climbing were not ideal. To off-set the difficult task of competing on wet rock, CCC gave climbers one additional hour to complete their routes. Between 10am and 5pm, participants slid, grunted, and scrambled on slick quartz crystals and gneiss slab.

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720


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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 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

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