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Chimney Rock Access Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays   

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 11.

 Posted on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
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, February 21, 2018 - 1:01pm
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.


Come support the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and learn about the fastest bird in the world at the same time! Blue Ghost Brewing Company is hosting their 2018 WNC Natural History Series each second Tuesday of the month, and the February focus will be on Peregrine Falcons. Ten percent of the sales this night will go to the park's friends group, and a park ranger will be on hand to share their knowledge of this swift resident of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Please note that this program will be held outside of the park in Fletcher, NC. There is no fee to attend, and the public is welcome.


Date of Event:
Tue, 03/13/2018 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Blue Ghost Brewing Company, 125 Underwood Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732

Hike the Thin Green Line with Ranger Phillips at one of the best views in the Hickory Nut Gorge.  The hike distance is 2.5 miles, and the difficulty level is moderate. Be sure to wear your green to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Registration is required, so check out this website to find out about this and other hikes sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

This hike is limited to 10 people due to limited parking. Please contact 828-625-1823 or to get more information about registering.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Call 828-625-1823 for more information.

Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

The trails of Chimney Rock are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed! Join us for this early spring venture on one of our most popular excursions. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park. This hike is considered moderately strenuous.

Advance registration is required. Please purchase your tickets using this link: Cost includes admission to the Park for the day.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/24/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Contact 828-625-9611 for more information.

Time: Gate opens 5:30am-6:30am for 7am service (no admission after 6:30am)

Cost: Admission to the Sunrise Service is free. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the Park all day.

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast. Gates will open from 5am-6am, so that guests can make their way to the top of the Park. This year’s service will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7:30 a.m.

A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Old Rock Café following the service for $10.99 for adults and $6.99 for children under 10; drinks are not included. Guests who would like to return to the Park after breakfast can show their Old Rock receipt and bulletin at the Ticket Plaza to receive free admission for the day.

*Please Note: Due to the large number of guests who attend the service, no one can be admitted through the gate after 6am.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 5:30am
Start Location:
Base of Chimney Rock Itself

Come join a park ranger on this moderate, 1.5-mile hike! 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.

Registration is required, so check out this website to find out about this and other hikes sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.  

Space is limited. Bring snacks and water.  Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed-toed shoes.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled, and the cancellation will be posted on this web site by April 6 at 4:00 pm.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/07/2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Area, 827 Boys Camp Rd., Lake Lure, NC 28746

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

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 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.