On May 25 Chimney Rock State Park was honored to receive the North Carolina Land Trust Government Conservation Partner of the Year Award. Superintendent James Ledgerwood attended the ceremony in Raleigh along with Division Director Mike Murphy and Governor Pat McCrory. Superintendent Ledgerwood gave credit to many different organizations, including the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, for their assistance in conserving the natural resources at Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 11.Posted on: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 1:32pm
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.
Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park reopened April 13, three days earlier than anticipated.
Ranger Katherine Scheip explains why flowers bloom when they do.
On March 5, Chimney Rock State Park hosted a combination volunteer work day and appreciation event. Volunteers built a fire ring and fencing behind the Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village, and afterwards old and new volunteers came together for an awards ceremony and s’mores-making.
The elevator at Chimney Rock State Park has been out of service since August 2015 and will remain out of service until repairs can be made.
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.