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Partial Park Closure   

Due to the snow storm, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed on Monday, December 10. Rumbling Bald climbing area and Eagle Rock will remain open. For updates, please check this website or call the state park office at 828-625-1823. Thank you and stay safe.

 Posted on: Monday, December 10, 2018
Rumbling Bald Parking Contruction    

We are happy to announce that the Rumbling Bald Climbing Area parking lot is under expansion construction. There will be construction equipment and people in the area. Some of the parking spots may be blocked but every effort will be made to keep the parking lot open during construction. Please use caution and give those working plenty of room. Carpool as much as possible. The projected finish date is April. Thank you for your help and cooperation and if you have additional questions, please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823.

 Posted on: Friday, December 7, 2018
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
Events and Programs

Chimney Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

View the monthly event calendar here.


For the first time day of 2019, everyone is invited to hike up Chimney Rock Park Road!
The Park Superintendent will lead an informative discussion about the park's history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning, FREE entry!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café at 8:00 a.m. 
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top. 
The park will provide shuttle transportation if needed back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village by 10:00 a.m.
State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America's state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America's state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.  
State parks are a "close to home" resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.
Bring plenty of drinking water, clothing suited to the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. 
This hike will be moderately strenuous.

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park - Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, we invite the senior anglers to bring out their grandkids and try trout fishing together.
Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger down at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Cafe to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/08/2019 - 1:00pm to Mon, 09/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Old Rock Cafe

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child Park admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register with the office at 828-625-9611. Space is limited.

Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone.  Join a park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun filled night under the stars!  
You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event. 

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/28/2019 - 5:00pm to Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The Meadows

Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: 800-277-9611,
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 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.