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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 3:30pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 1:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Highway 9 Landslide/Eagle Rock Parking lot   

May 5 2018, a major landslide occured on Hwy 9 at Shumont Road. The Department of Transportation has stated that it could be multiple weeks until the road is opened. This slide has blocked State Park staff from accessing the Eagle Rock area. As such, the Eagle Rock parking lot project has been put on hold until further notice.

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 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.

 

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
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

Map of North Carolina

 

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.