The elevator has been experiencing ongoing operational issues, so it 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 0.25-mile trail leads hikers through a rugged boulder field with dramatic views of Lake Lure, Hickory Nut Gorge, and Chimney Rock itself.
Rock climbing and bouldering are currently only allowed at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain. Climbers may park in the designated parking area located at 827 Boys Camp Road. Should this parking lot become full, as it often does during the busy winter months, climbers are asked to park at the Welcome Center in Lake Lure (2932 Memorial Hwy (US Hwy. 64/74A)) and walk or carpool over to the climbing access. Parking along the roads or on private property is strongly discouraged.
At this time, the only two designated parking areas and public accesses for the state park are the Rumbling Bald and Chimney Rock accesses. There are no designated parking areas or public accesses for state park properties located on Round Top Mountain and Eagle Rock, nor are there designated hiking trails or camping areas in these locations. Visitors are cautioned not to trespass and not to park on the private property adjoining these lands.
Updated: 2015-08-28 07:31:58
The iconic summit of Chimney Rock, open to the public since 1885.
Challenging rock climbing at Rumbling Bald Mountain.
Enjoy the park's First Day Hike on Rumbling Bald Trail.
A success angler in the Rocky Broad River NC Catch program.
The perfect spot for an outdoor meal.
Streambank Mock Oranges at the park.
The Carolina Mountain Club and the Carolina Climbers Coalition maintain trails in the park.
Walk 198 feet through geological history to ride the park’s 26-story elevator.
Earth Day exhibits on the River Walk Trail.
Juvenile peregrine falcon sitting on Devil's Head rock formation.
Hike out to view the spectacular 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.