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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:00am
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am
Rumbling Bald Parking Contruction    

We are happy to announce that the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area parking lot is under expansion construction. There will be construction equipment and people in the area. Some of the parking spots may be blocked but every effort will be made to keep the parking lot open during construction. Please use caution and give those working plenty of room. Carpool as much as possible. The projected finish date is April. Thank you for your help and cooperation and if you have additional questions, please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823.

 Last updated on: Friday, December 7, 2018

Trails

Chimney Rock State Park offers 10 trails for hikers to explore. Six of these trails are located within the fee-based Chimney Rock access. Four free trails are located at the Rumbling Bald access, the Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area and in Chimney Rock Village.


⇒  CAUTION: WATERFALL AREAS

Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.


Exclamation Point Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

Accessing the top of Hickory Nut Gorge, the Exclamation Point Trail connects zigzagging paths with staircases to bring hikers to the edge of Exclamation Point at 2,480 feet.

Point of Interest: Opera Box, Devil's Head, Exclamation Point
Length:
0.60 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Skyline Trail at Chimney Rock State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel, Stairs
Four Seasons Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

A steady tromp through the hardwood forest and past picturesque boulders gives hikers many opportunities to view the natural flora and fauna of the park.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Four Seasons Trail at Chimney Rock State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel, Stairs
Great Woodland Adventure Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

A child-friendly interpretive trail, the Great Woodland Adventure teaches hikers about the animal residents of Chimney Rock State Park through interactive sculptures and displays.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel, Boardwalk, Stairs
Hickory Nut Falls Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

Leading to the base of the fantastic 404-foot tall waterfall, the gently sloping trail hugs the side of Hickory Nut Gorge and grants dramatic views of the towering cliffs above.

Point of Interest: Hickory Nut Falls
Length:
1.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Hickory Nut Falls Trail at Chimney Rock State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Outcroppings Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

For those wishing to climb to the top of Chimney Rock itself, the Outcroppings Trail offers a series of staircases and lookout points threaded through a near-vertical boulder field.

Point of Interest: Vista Rock, Grotto, Subway, Pulpit Rock, Chimney Rock
Length:
0.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Surface: Natural surface, Stairs

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park:
800-277-9611
visit@chimneyrockpark.com

 

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GPS: 35.439814, -82.248554

 

  • 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 chimneyrockpark.com 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

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