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Eagle Rock is Open

Eagle Rock, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Hiking

Chimney Rock State Park is proud to announce that the new Eagle Rock Access is officially open! In partnership with Carolina Climbers Coalition, Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, and Conserving Carolina, the last finishing touches were made on this climbing area that was first developed for climbing in the 1980’s. Due to difficulties with public access and management, this area has not been open to climbing until now! 

Last May, Conserving Carolina finished building the 10 mile Weedpatch Mountain Trial that connects The Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park to Chimney Rock State Park’s Eagle Rock. This trail was designed for hiking and mountain biking. The trail’s terminus is the upper tier of Eagle Rock. A spur trail named the Tunnel Trail leads climbers and hikers to the lower tier of climbing.  Visitors no longer have to walk the 10 miles to rock climb. Instead, climbers only have to  hike about a mile to the state's newest climbing area.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Carolina Climbers Coalition, Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and Chimney Rock State Park staff came together to install wayfinding signs, clean-up trash and erase years of graffiti. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with a toast capped off the work and then the real fun started--climbing!

There are more than thirty climbing routes accessible within between a five twenty-five minute hike from the parking area. There are also area boulders that have potential to be developed. This trail offers great views for hikers and mountain bikers. (Note: mountain bikes are not permitted on the Tunnel Trail.) The Eagle Rock Access is part of the wider Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail system still under development. Visit for more information. 

Due to the limited parking area, visitors will have to sign up for a parking spot via the park's website. Go to and click on the "Parking @Eagle Rock" link on the left side of the webpage to sign up for a free parkig space at your specified date and times. Be sure to read the instructions carefully.

Chimney Rock State Park is proud to be in partnership with so many great organizations to make western North Carolina a top destination for recreation!

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park




Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.432799, -82.25026


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



  • 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

Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock