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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.
 

Earth Day at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:00am

Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years.  Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape.

First Day Hike

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 01/01/2018 - 1:00pm

Meet a Park naturalist in the front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts before heading out for a guided hike on the new Skyline trail. Hikers will have to climb more than 800 steps to access the Skyline trailhead. After that, they’ll journey 2.2 miles into the forest, where they’ll cross Falls Creek and eventually end up at the upper cascades of Hickory Nut Falls.

Partial Reopening of Chimney Rock Access

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to the public on Friday, November 10 with limited access and a reduced price. The Meadows area will be accessible, along with the Great Woodland Adventure, Four Seasons, and Hickory Nut Falls trails. Visitors will not be able to access the Chimney or upper trail system, however, as the upper entrance road and parking lot need to be repaired after the landslide on October 23.

Build a Peregrine Falcon

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:00am

Chimney Rock Mountain is home to a nesting pair of rare Peregrine Falcons! Come learn more about their amazing hunting abilities, how to spot one from the ground, and all about their recovery from DDT poisoning.

 

Bear Basics

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:00pm

Join a park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears.  What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And will they attack? Let’s answer these and other common questions about the largest land mammals in our woods. The Ranger will read a true story book about an adventurous bear from the Great Smoky Mountains.