Trails

Status of park trails

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Note: The table below can be sorted by length, difficulty, trail use, and accessibility. Click the corresponding header category to change the order of the trails. You can also use the search function to narrow down the list. Click the green plus sign in front of each trail to show the trail description. This table can also be downloaded as an Excel file.

Trail Name Blaze Length Difficulty Trail Use Accessible Description
Chimney Rock access:
Riverwalk Trail
none 0.1-mile
one way
Easy Hiking only No

This trail provides free access to the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock, where visitors can stroll by boulder-strewn waters and ready access local shops and restaurants.

Free parking is available in the village alongside U.S. 64. Look for the public accesses next to the Old Rock Cafe and the village restrooms.

This trail has a natural surface, gravel, paved areas, and stairs.

Chimney Rock access:
Great Woodland Adventure Trail
none 0.4-mile
loop
Easy Hiking only No

A child-friendly interpretive trail, the Great Woodland Adventure teaches hikers about the animal residents of Chimney Rock State Park through interactive sculptures and displays.

The trailhead is located in The Meadows, the first parking area after the ticket plaza. The Animal Discovery Den is right next to the trailhead.

This trail has a natural surface, gravel, a boardwalk/bridge, and stairs.

Chimney Rock access:
Four Seasons Trail
none 0.7-mile
one way
Strenuous Hiking only No

This trail is a stready tromp through the harwood forest and past picturesque boulders, giving hikers many opportunities to view the natural flora and fauna of the park.

The trailhead is located across the park road from the Great Woodland Adventure trailhead. Use caution when crossing.

This trail has a natural surface, gravel, and stairs.

Chimney Rock access:
Hickory Nut Falls Trail
none 0.7-mile
one way
Moderate Hiking only No

Leading to the base of the fantastic 404-foot-tall waterfall, the gently sloping trail hugs the side of Hickory Nut Gorge and grants dramatic views of the towering cliffs above.

The trailhead is located near the top of the park road; you can park the upper parking area and walk carefully back down the park road. Alternatively, there is a set of stairs adjacent to the restrooms in the upper parking area, at the base of the Outcroppings Trail, that leads down to this trail.

This trail has a natural surface and gravel.

Chimney Rock access:
Outcroppings Trail
none 0.2-mile
one way
Strenuous Hiking only No

For visitors wishing to climb to the top of Chimney Rock itself, the Outcroppings Trail offers a series of staircases and lookout points threaded through a near-vertical boulder field.

The trailhead is located at the end of the upper parking area, past the restrooms.

This trail is primarily stairs with some segments of natural surface, including stone steps. As an alternative, visitors with limited mobility or disabilities can take the elevator to the Sky Lounge.

Chimney Rock access:
Exclamation Point Trail
none 0.3-mile
one way
Strenuous Hiking only No

Accessing the top of Hickory Nut Gorge, the Exclamation Point Trail connects zigzagging paths with staircases to bring hikers to the edge of Exclamation Point at 2,480 feet. Along the way, there are two additional outlooks where visitors can stop and catch a breath: the Opera Box and Devil's Head.

The trailhead is located across the stairs leading to the top of the Chimney.

This trail has a natural surface, gravel, and stairs.

Chimney Rock access:
Skyline Trail
blue
diamonds
1.1-mile
one way
Moderate Hiking only No

The Skyline Trail starts at Exclamation Point and guides visitors even higher in elevation to Peregrine Point at 2,460 feet. After gazing across and into scenic Hickory Nut Gorge, visitors can continue their woodland hike to Falls Creek, which begins its 404-foot plunge as Hickory Nut Falls near the trail's end.

This trail can only be accessed by hiking the entirety of Exclamation Point Trail.

This trail has a natural surface and gravel.

Rumbling Bald access:
Rumbling Bald Trail
orange
circles
1.5-mile
loop
Moderate Hiking only No

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 cliff areas.

The trailhead is located at Rumbling Bald access, which is off of Boys Camp Road, between Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

This trail has a natural surface and gravel.

Eagle Rock access:
Weed Patch Mountain Trail
red
circles
8.5-mile
one way
Strenuous Biking,
Hiking
No

The Weed Patch Mountain Trail connects Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park to Buffalo Creek Park near Rumbling Bald Resort. It traverses rugged mountain terrain through a remote wilderness area.

The trail is designed for hiking and mountain biking. Only the first mile of the trail is currently within Chimney Rock State Park property, so please be mindful of local rules and regulations. Rock climbing is permitted on Eagle Rock with a permit.

The trailhead is located at Eagle Rock access, 1911 Shumont Road in Black Mountain. There is limited parking at the access, so please be prepared to make alternate plans if the parking area is full when you arrive.

This trail has a natural surface.

Bicyclists, please yield to hikers on this trail.

Eagle Rock access:
Tunnel Trail
white
triangles
0.15-mile
one way
Moderate Hiking only No

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.

This trail can only be accessed by hiking the Weed Patch Mountain Trail for about three-fourths of a mile.

This trail has a natural surface, including stone steps.

Mountain bikes are not permitted on this trail. Rock climbing is permitted at Eagle Rock with a permit.