Chimney Rock Elevator Status
Chimney Rock Elevator Status
The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation has begun a capital improvement project to repair the elevator at Chimney Rock State Park. Input from elevator companies and electrical engineering consultants determined that a new motor and elevator control system need to be installed. This work may require day-long closures to the Chimney Rock attraction during the project; more information will be posted as it becomes available.
The 26-story elevator, out of service since August 2015, will remain out of service until repairs are complete. The decision to close the elevator was made after a series of service interruptions, including jerky travel and uneven leveling, that occurred in early 2015. An unfortunate few became stuck in the elevator, but park rangers and local firefighters safely evacuated them out by the emergency stairs. Until we can provide reliable and smooth service, we will keep the elevator closed to visitors. These improvements and repairs will take several months to complete.
Meanwhile, visitors to the park can rest assured the most spectacular aspects of Chimney Rock State Park remain open to the public. Visitors can still reach the top of Chimney Rock itself by climbing the Outcroppings Trail, and Hickory Nut Falls, one of the Southeast’s highest waterfalls, is a short hike away. More than that, the drive through Hickory Nut Gorge and to the base of Chimney Rock affords an amazing panorama of forest and mountains, a reminder of the natural areas local residents fought to save from development.
We appreciate your patience as the repairs to the elevator are made. Please refer to this web site for progress updates, and feel free to contact park staff at 828-625-1823 if you have further questions.
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.