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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 1:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
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 months 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: Saturday, August 11, 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.

 

Riverwalk Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Village
Description:

This trail provides free access to the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock where visitors can stroll by boulder-strewn waters and readily access local shops and restaurants. Free parking available in the village alongside Highway 64/74A. Look for the public accesses next to the Old Rock Cafe and the village restrooms.

Point of Interest: Rocky Broad River
Length:
0.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Riverwalk Trail
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel, Paved, Stairs
Rumbling Bald Trail
Location: Rumbling Bald Access
Description:

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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
orange circle
Rumbling Bald Trail at Chimney Rock State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Skyline Trail
Location: Chimney Rock Access
Description:

The Skyline Trail starts at Exclamation Point and guides visitors even higher in elevation to Peregrine Point at 2,640 feet. After gazing across and into scenic Hickory Nut Gorge, visitors can continue their woodland hike to Falls Creek, which begins its 404-foot plunge as Hickory Nut Falls near the trail's end.

Point of Interest: Peregrine Point, Hickory Nut Falls
Length:
1.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Blue Diamonds
Skyline Trail
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Tunnel Trail
Location: Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area
Description:

The Tunnel Trail spurs off the Weed Patch Mountain Trail near Eagle Rock. It showcases natural stone staircases, which bring hikers up and through a tunnel created by a huge granite rock slab leaning at the base of Eagle Rock. Mountain bikes are not permitted on this trail, foot traffic only. Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock with a permit. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock.

Point of Interest: A tunnel created by a large rock and the base of Eagle Rock
Length:
0.15 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
White triangle
Surface: Natural surface, Stairs
Weed Patch Mountain Trail
Location: Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area
Description:

The Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort. It traverses rugged mountain terrain through a remote wilderness area. The trail is designed for hiking and mountain biking. Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock with a permit. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock.

Point of Interest: Along the way you will find yourself at rock outcroppings with spectacular long-range views, as well as pristine mountain streams and an old growth forest. The best views can be found at Eagle Rock, Flapjack Rock and Grey Rock.
Length:
8.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
Red Circle
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

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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.