"Is the elevator working?" This is the top question asked by visitors to Chimney Rock State Park since the elevator was closed to the public in August 2015. Over generations, visitors of all ages and physical abilities have been partial to the quick ride up 26 stories through solid granite. More importantly, they are thrilled to take in the views from the top: views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from atop Chimney Rock itself.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 11.Posted on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
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.
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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has fully reopened after being closed for over a month following a landslide on October 23. During the closure, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) engineers and State Park contractors assessed how they could proceed to make the area stable enough to keep everyone safe. After a couple of weeks and careful consideration NCDOT and contractors came up with a temporary solution. Before the temporary fix could be placed, however, the rubble and debris had to be cleaned up first.
A retaining wall at the top parking lot in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park collapsed during heavy rainfall in the area on October 23. Some of the debris washed to the road below. Crews are working to clear the roadway.
Representatives from NCDOT are assessing the situation to determine what needs to be done to fix the damage. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will remain closed until further notice.
By: Park Technician Alison Linden
In June 2017, Chimney Rock State Park reopened the historical gatehouses that align the park’s entrance. The gatehouses were originally designed by an art deco architect named Douglas Ellington in 1934. Visitors may be familiar with some of his other architectural work around Asheville, such as the S & W Cafeteria or the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Mr. Ellington designed the gatehouses of Chimney Rock State Park as reversed archways to tie in with Lake Lure’s Italianate style archways.
by: Alison Linden, Park Technician, Chimney Rock State Park
In September, Chimney Rock State Park reopened the deck area at the base of the Outcroppings Trail. This deck project, which started in January, was a remodeling effort to increase the size of the deck. The old deck area was torn down and replaced with a new structure. Along the way, there were other challenges to overcome, including rerouting the Outcroppings Trail so visitors could still access the Chimney Rock itself.
Chimney Rock State Park
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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.