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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice   

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.
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 9:44am
Weed Patch Mountain Trail Information   

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
Park Closed   

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.
 

 Posted on: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
Park News

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.

North Carolina State Park System Celebrates 100th Anniversary

North Carolina’s state park system welcomes more than 17.3 million visitors each year to enjoy more than 230,000 acres. Its centennial celebration this year provides an opportunity to recognize the visionary leaders who set the wheels in motion.  

It all started with Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who set out to prove that Mount Mitchell was the highest peak in the eastern United States. Using barometric pressure calculations, he determined it as the highest peak at 6,684 feet—and the U.S. Geologic Survey agreed with him in 1882. 

Park Wins NC Land Trust Government Conservation Partner of the Year Award

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.

Contact:

Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Phone828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611, visit@chimneyrockpark.com
Latitude: 35.439814
Longitude: -82.248554

Park Hours:

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.