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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
     

 

 

 

Ask a Ranger: The Bewildering Bee

 

 
 
Click the player above to listen to the episode. Read on below for additional references to what Laura discusses in the episode.

 

Photos

Bees in a hive with emerging worker bees circled in black. Photo courtesy of Laura Shields.

Emerging worker honey bees
Photo courtesy of Laura Shields

 

A homemade mason bee house. Photo courtesy of Laura Shields.

A homemade mason bee house
Photo courtesy Laura Shields

 

Laura Shields posing in front of her bee hives in her yard. Photo courtesy of Laura Shields.

Working the honey bee yard
Photo courtesy Laura Shields

 

Video

From PBS Digital Studios: "This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower's Hidden Treasure", Aired November 8, 2016

 

Links

 

NC State Extension publications

 

Books

  • Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather N. Holm. Pollination Press LLC, first edition published February 2, 2017.
  • Our Native Bees: North America's Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry. Timber Press, published February 7, 2018.
  • 100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive by The Xerces Society. Storey Publishing LLC, published November 29, 2016.
  • List of books by Dr. Thomas Seeley at Cornell University

 

Other publications

 

Citizen scientist resources

 

About the Ask a Ranger Podcast

Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess host the North Carolina State Parks Ask a Ranger Podcast series. Their guest this episode is Laura Shields, an environmental educator at the Chimney Rock attraction at Chimney Rock State Park.

Email them at askaranger@ncparks.gov.

For a full list of episodes, visit our BuzzSprout page.

Click here to subscribe to the podcast with Apple iTunes.

Click here to subscribe to the podcast with RSS feed.

 

 

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

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