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Chimney Rock State Park

Eagle Rock Trail Volunteer Day

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/13/2018 - 9:00am

Join Chimney Rock State Park officials and the Carolina Climbers Coalition at Eagle Rock, the park's newest rock climbing, biking, and hiking destination. We hope to install signs for the park, clean up broken glass, and get rid of graffiti on the rock. After the work day is done, open climbing and bouldering will be open for that day.

Highway 9 Landslide/Eagle Rock Parking lot

May 5 2018, a major landslide occured on Hwy 9 at Shumont Road. The Department of Transportation has stated that it could be multiple months until the road is opened. This slide has blocked State Park staff from accessing the Eagle Rock area.  As such, the Eagle Rock parking lot project has been put on hold until further notice.For updates please visit NC DOT's website at

Tunnel Trail

The Tunnel Trail spurs off the Weed Patch Mountain Trail near Eagle Rock. It showcases natural stone staircases, which bring hikers up and through a tunnel created by a huge granite rock slab leaning at the base of Eagle Rock. Mountain bikes are not permitted on this trail, foot traffic only. Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock with a permit. Click here to reserve a parking space at Eagle Rock.

The Tunnel Trail Hike

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am

Join the Friends as we explore a new trail in the park!  This moderate two-mile round trip hike will lead the Friends to the top of Eagle Rock and down part of the new Weed Patch Mountain Trail through a large rock tunnel at the base of Eagle Rock.  On this hike you can see excellent views of the North Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain as well as parts of Rumbling Bald Resort.  Meet Ranger Scheip

Rumble at the Bald

By Eric Alston, Park Technician

On February 17 and 18, the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access at Chimney Rock State Park was once again the site of the Carolina Climbers Coalition’s bouldering competition, better known as “The Rumble”.      
Last year’s event, which would have been the 3rd annual, was cancelled due to focused efforts supporting Chimney Rock State Park in wake of the Party Rock Fire of November 2016.

Progress Report on Elevator Repair Project

"Is the elevator working?" This is the top question asked by visitors to Chimney Rock State Park since the elevator was closed to the public in August 2015. Over generations, visitors of all ages and physical abilities have been partial to the quick ride up 26 stories through solid granite. More importantly, they are thrilled to take in the views from the top: views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from atop Chimney Rock itself.