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More Parking Slated for Rumbling Bald

In 2016, the Connect NC bond package was approved by voters, and an ambitious slate of improvement projects for NC State Parks began to move forward. Chimney Rock State Park assigned the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area’s parking lot as its top priority, and park staff have been excited to review the plans and envision the upcoming improvements.

The bond money will be used to increase the number of parking spaces for visitors to the Rumbling Bald access. Currently, the parking lot has about 40 spaces, an insufficient number during the busy winter climbing season. The project will increase the number to over 100. The park’s master plan calls for the creation of an additional parking lot, but, until more property can be acquired, the enlargement of the current lot will assist greatly with parking and traffic woes.

The bond package’s project for Chimney Rock also includes the construction of vault toilets for the Rumbling Bald parking lot. These toilets will be waterless, which will keep costs down, and they will be a step up from the current solution of portable toilet rentals.

As this project moves ahead, possible impacts on operations at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area may occur. We ask for visitors’ patience as we make these improvements and work to enhance hikers and climbers’ experience in Chimney Rock State Park.

Parking will continue to be limited at Rumbling Bald until the project is complete, and the lot will often fill up early mornings on good weather days.  Plan your arrival accordingly, carpool as much as possible, and use the only designated overflow public parking area at Lake Lure Visitor Center (2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure).  Parking on the road shoulders, double parking, and parking on any private properties is prohibited and could lead to legal citations.

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Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Phone828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov
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Latitude: 35.439814
Longitude: -82.248554

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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.