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.
May 5 2018, a major landslide occured on Hwy 9 at Shumont Road. The Department of Transportation has stated that it could be multiple months until the road is opened. This slide has blocked State Park staff from accessing the Eagle Rock area. As such, the Eagle Rock parking lot project has been put on hold until further notice.
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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.
Chimney Rock State Park is looking for a seasonal Park Technician to assist our maintenance mechanics and park rangers in over 6,800 acres of beautiful mountain terrain.
Duties will include mowing, cleaning facilities and grounds, assisting staff in daily park operations, treating invasive plant and insect species, and assisting staff in general maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment and machinery.
The position is temporary, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm with some evenings and weekends.
Volunteers were split into four crews to work on various tasks, such as installing railings to preserve switchbacks, clearing trails of debris, raking gravel back onto designated trails, building structured rock staircases near the rock-face, and removing various trees and limbs affected during the forest fire. Some volunteers even brought their own tools, and the Friends group received generous donations and recruited new members. This event for 2017’s first volunteer work day was a great success for the local community and volunteers in support of Chimney Rock State Park!
On January 14, the quarterly Friends of Chimney Rock State Park’s Four Seasons Hike took place on the Rumbling Bald Trail, and over 70 people attended. The trail had burned during the 7,142-acre Party Rock Fire in November, so many came with questions about what a forest looks like after a wildfire.
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.