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Contact

State park office

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

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

800-277-9611
visit@chimneyrockpark.com

 

Addresses

Chimney Rock access
and park office

743 Chimney Rock Park Road
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.432799, -82.25026

 

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

 

Hours

  • 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
     

Reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock

 

 

Chimney Rock Access Closed Nov 12, 13...   

The Chimney Rock Access of Chimney Rock State Park will be closed November 12th, 13th and 14th due to construction work in progress. This is the section with the flag and elevator. All other accesses of Chimney Rock State Park will be open. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-625-1823. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

List of 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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, stairs

Length:
0.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, stairs

Length:
1.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boardwalk/bridge, stairs

Length:
0.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:

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.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
0.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am