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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice   

Completion of the elevator repair project was affected by the October 23 landslide, so the elevator will be out of service until further notice. These issues are being addressed by engineers and other specialists so that service can be safely restored to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
Please note that visitors can still access the top of Chimney Rock by climbing the staircases of the Outcroppings Trail. This 0.2-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 9:44am
Weed Patch Mountain Trail Information   

The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort.  Hiking, mountain biking, and climbing are permitted in this area.  This 20-mile round trip trail is operated in a partnership between Chimney Rock State Park and the Town of Lake Lure.  Parking can be accessed at Buffalo Creek Park http://www.townoflakelure.com/buffalo-creek-park.php near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County.  There is no legal parking area near Eagle Rock.  Chimney Rock State Park is currently working on a reserved parking access near Eagle Rock with plans on opening the new parking area in June.  Call the park office at 828-625-1823 for more information.      

 

 Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
Park Closed   

The main Chimney Rock State Park access is closed Sunday (5/20) and Monday (5/21) due to heavy rain effecting parking lot stability. There is a potential that the park will be closed longer. The Rumbling Bald access is open. Please call the State Park Office with any questions at 828-625-1823.
 

 Posted on: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:10pm
Trails

Chimney Rock State Park offers eight trails for hikers to explore. Six of these trails are located within the fee-based Chimney Rock access. The two free trails include, the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area off Boys Camp Road, and the Riverwalk Trail located 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

Park Hours:

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.