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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
Job Opening - Seasonal Park Maintenance   

Work Schedule: Typical schedule will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Seasonal employees may work a rotating schedule to include weekends and occasional evenings. 
 
Job Duties: Clean facilities and grounds. Assist staff in general maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment and machinery. Assist staff in a variety of outdoor-based maintenance projects and daily park operations. Conduct natural resource management projects, such as invasive plant removal. 
 
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Eagle Rock Parking Open October 14, 2018   

Due to land constraints, there is not sufficient space for adequate parking at Eagle Rock. Reserved parking areas allow access to sections of the park on a first-come-first-served basis through a free online reservation system. The state parks system recognizes the need for additional parking at this location and is working with community partners to provide improved parking in this area.

Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock. The parking reservation system is managed through Eventbrite.

 Posted on: Monday, October 22, 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

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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.