Chimney Rock State Park  »  Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Update

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Rumbling Bald Climbing Access is Open - see details below.

In 2008, the state parks system acquired a tract of land for Chimney Rock State Park that is integral for future access to Rumbling Bald Mountain. The site, just off Boys Camp Road at the western edge of the Town of Lake Lure, has long been used by the public as access for climbing, bouldering and hiking on surrounding public land. (See map below.)

The access is open. All scheduled projects that affected the availability of this access have been completed. Park personnel will continue to work on additional projects at this site, however, closures should not occur as a result. Please consult this Website for the most up to date information about the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access before planning your visit.

This is a day use area only and it receives heavy visitation in the winter. Parking is limited and visitors are asked to park only in the designated area and to consider carpooling when planning a visit. All state park rules and regulations apply.

The Nature Conservancy owns property on the south face of Rumbling Bald. The Conservancy allows climbers there under the following conditions: only adults over 18 are allowed to climb and no for-profit groups are allowed.