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Located in Rutherford county 25 miles southeast of Asheville, Chimney Rock State Park offers some of North Carolina's most dramatic mountain scenery, overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. At the fee-based Chimney Rock attraction, hike to Hickory Nut Falls and take an elevator or climb to the top of the park's namesake, a 315-foot freestanding rock spire. It also has the most facilities, including riverside areas, interpretive exhibits, and gift shops. The free Rumbling Bald access provides a more rugged backcountry experience.


There are no camping facilities at Chimney Rock. The closest state park with camping is Lake James State Park.

Chimney Rock

Note: Admission fees are charged at the Chimney Rock attraction.

  • Hiking (3.5 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Concession stand
  • Restaurants
  • Amphitheater and classroom
  • Pavilion and picnic shelter
  • Exhibits

Rumbling Bald

  • Hiking (1.5 miles)
  • Rock climbing

Rumbling Bald is free to access.

Eagle Rock

  • Access closed until further notice

Plan Your Visit

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743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

GPS: 35.4327, -82.2502

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28720 Chimney Rock, NC


827 Boys Camp Road, Lake Lure, NC 29746

GPS: 35.4434, -82.2194

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29746 Lake Lure, NC

Closed until further notice

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Caution in Waterfall Areas Please follow safety rules and encourage others to do the same when you are near waterfall areas.
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SVG Fees Admission fees are charged per person at the Chimney Rock attraction. There is no fee to access Rumbling Bald for day-use. Fees are charged for group climbing, certain event permits, and facility reservations.
SVG Pets Pets are allowed at the park, except they are not permitted inside buildings or in the elevator at the Chimney Rock attraction. Pets must be on an attended leash of no longer than 6 feet at all times.

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Ticket prices and operating hours for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park are subject to change throughout the seasons. Chimney Rock Management LLC determines the prices, hours, and season schedule for the attraction; please contact them at for questions regarding those topics.

**The exact dates of when seasonal hours and pricing change vary annually — they usually happen the first week of January, the first week of March, and the first week of November. If you are planning on visiting on these weeks, please make sure you visit the Chimney Rock attraction website to see the correct ticket price and hours for the exact day you are visiting.

MonthGate HoursTicket Sales and Admission

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

end at 4:30 p.m.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

end at 4:30 p.m.
March**8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
April8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
May8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
June8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
July8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
August8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
September8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
October8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.end at 5:30 p.m.
November**8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.end at 4:30 p.m.
December8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.end at 4:30 p.m.

This access is free for day-use.

January8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Febuary8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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SVG Scheduled Events at Chimney Rock State Park Park staff lead regularly scheduled interpretive programs that allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Learning opportunities are available for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.
SVG Host Your Event at the Park Make your special occasion naturally wonderful. State parks are great places for birthday parties, reunions, weddings, and more. Learn more about event permits and fees on the Facilities page.
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Top:Fall color at Chimney Rock, staff photo

Gallery:Entrance bridge, by C. Peek | Hickory Nut Falls from Chimney Rock Village, by K. Johnson | Exclamation Point Trail stairs, by K. Bonifacio | Lake Lure from Rumbling Bald Trail, by T. Johnson | Sunrise at World's Edge, by S. Tillotson

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