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.
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
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Mountain biking is permitted on the Weed Patch Mountain Trail. This 17-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 near Rumbling Bald Resort in Rutherford County and the Eagle Rock Reserved Parking Area near Shumont Mountain in Buncombe County. Both areas have limited parking. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock.
Ply your line along the Rocky Broad River, so named after several floods deposited rocks and boulders mid-stream and along the banks. The river, regulated as undesignated trout waters, can be accessed from the front gate in Chimney Rock Village. For season dates and regulations for each type of trout water, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). A valid North Carolina fishing license and trout license are required for all streams, and regulations of the WRC are enforced throughout the park.
Scattered along the Chimney Rock access road are tables and grills for picnicking. Groups of tables are located in the Meadows area and at the top of the access road. Drinking water and restrooms are located near the group areas. Use of the tables requires no extra fee and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Two gift shops at the top of the fee-based Chimney Rock access road entice visitors to bring back souvenirs from their trip to the park. Prior to accessing the 26-story elevator, the lower gift shop, called Cliff Dwellers, showcases clothing, books and decorative items. At the top of the elevator, the Sky Lounge retails classic souvenirs.
In the fee-based Chimney Rock access, the Sky Lounge’s concession stand provides sandwiches, ice cream, and drinks to those who have built up an appetite climbing the nearly 500 stairs of the Outcroppings Trail.
Enjoy a relaxing meal in the Old Rock Café located at the Chimney Rock main gate. Open year-round, the restaurant serves tasty food and refreshing drinks to hungry and thirsty visitors and offers patio dining by the Rocky Broad River.
Important: See the Fees/FAQs/Rules page for information about climbing at the park.
Climbing is permitted in designated areas on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain and on Eagle Rock. Because of the dangers of bouldering, rock climbing and rappelling, these activities are not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by an experienced climber. A registration and permit system has been implemented for the climbing areas in the park. The free permits can be found on the trailheads. The permit system contributes to climber safety and also provides information for the park’s climbing management plan. Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment and adhering to safe practices. Basic safety equipment and techniques must be used at all times.
Our master plan indicates that we will provide backpack camping in the future, but we do not currently offer any overnight facilities in the park. Please check out the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority’s web site for a list of local campgrounds.
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.