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Rumbling Bald Trail

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

The Chimney Rock attraction is open from 8:30am to 7:00pm (no admission after 4:30pm). Hike in only from parking area. The elevator will be closed and no shuttle service will be provided in order to maintain social distancing requirements.

The attraction will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays in order to adhere to new cleaning protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Rumbling Bald Access and Eagle Rock Access are both open daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm.

Climbing is permitted at Rumbling Bald and Eagle Rock. Guided and group climbs must have less than 10 people and must have a Special Activity Permit.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the park. Monitor this website regularly for updates to park facility status.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020

Rumbling Bald Trail

Rumbling Bald Trail at Chimney Rock State Park

The Rumbling Bald Trail is a loop trail that meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas. The parking area for this trail is located off Boys Camp Road between Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Once at the trailhead follow the orange trail blazes through the bouldering areas, past the cliff base, and back to the parking area.

Trail Location: 
Rumbling Bald Access
Trail Length: 
1.50 miles
Trail Type: 
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
orange circle

Map of North Carolina – Chimney Rock State Park

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State park office



Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park



Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.4327, -82.2502


Rumbling Bald access

827 Boys Camp Road
Lake Lure, NC 29746

GPS: 35.4434, -82.2194


Eagle Rock access*

1911 Shumont Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

GPS: 35.4722, -82.2423
*Reservation required for parking


Mailing address

P.O. Box 220
Chimney Rock, NC 28720



  • January 1 to
    March 9:

    10:00am to 6:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm
  • March 10 to
    November 2:

    8:30am to 7:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30pm
  • November 3 to
    December 31:

    8:30am to 6:00pm
    Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • PLEASE NOTE: Operating hours for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park are subject to change throughout the seasons. Visit this website or for up-to-date information when planning your visit.


  • There is no fee for these accesses.
  • January to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • November to December:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock