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
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.
In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.
Entrance and activity fees charged at the Chimney Rock access are determined by the concessionaire and can be found at their web site: Chimney Rock Management LLC. The Rumbling Bald access area does not charge an entrance fee. Please see the park map for more information.
All organized groups of rock climbers and boulderers are required submit a Special Activity Permit to the park superintendent for each day the group plans to climb. Permits should be made at least 14 days prior to the activity. The instructor will need to have a copy of the signed Special Activity Permit and the yellow copy of the day use permit (see above) with them during the climb. Please call the park office for information about the Special Activity Permit.
The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:
- If you are climbing, rappelling or bouldering you must fill out a climbing permit.
- NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.
- Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.
- Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.
- Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.
- All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.
- Park only in designated parking areas.
Note: All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.
Fee-based climbing opportunities also exist in the Chimney Rock access. Visitors may register at the private rock climbing concession located near the Cliff Dwellers gift shop. To sign up for or get additional information on rock climbing programs at the Chimney Rock access, contact Fox Mountain Guides at 888-284-8433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit or obtain one from the park office.
Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.
A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
Chimney Rock State Park
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.