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.
Completion of the elevator repair project was affected by the October 23 landslide, so the elevator will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort. Hiking, mountain biking, and climbing are permitted in this area. This 20-mile round trip trail is operated in a partnership between Chimney Rock State Park and the Town of Lake Lure. Parking can be accessed at Buffalo Creek Park http://www.townoflakelure.com/buffalo-creek-park.php near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County. There is no legal parking area near Eagle Rock. Chimney Rock State Park is currently working on a reserved parking access near Eagle Rock with plans on opening the new parking area in June. Call the park office at 828-625-1823 for more information.
Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
The main Chimney Rock State Park access is closed Sunday (5/20) and Monday (5/21) due to heavy rain effecting parking lot stability. There is a potential that the park will be closed longer. The Rumbling Bald access is open. Please call the State Park Office with any questions at 828-625-1823.
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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.
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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.