Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. Experience a thrill of accomplishment by hiking our 499-step Outcroppings trail to the 315-foot Chimney Rock, where you'll see amazing 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont. Along the way, be sure to visit the newly reopened Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock, which offer incredible views you won’t see anywhere else in the Park.

With several unique hiking trails, the park has something for everyone, from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure Trail to the adventurous Four Seasons Trail which climbs more than 400 feet. Experience panoramic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge at Exclamation Point, the highest point in the Park at 2,480 feet. Be sure to hike the Hickory Nut Falls trail -- the reward is the 404-foot falls, one of the highest in the East.

The Old Rock Café and the Sky Lounge Deli offer tasty sandwiches and snacks to get you fueled up for your hike. The Park offers group discounts and is pet friendly.

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Open all year except Thanksgiving and Christmas days, weather permitting.

This must-see natural wonder is only 75 min. N of Greenville and 45 min. SE of Asheville, NC. GPS: 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC

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  • Valid:  May 12, 2018 - May 14, 2018

General Information
  • Information Sheet: Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.docx
  • Days Open: Daily April-Oct. Hours change Nov.-March
  • Hours of Operation: 10am-6pm; gate closes at 4:30pm (Open Fri-Tues during winter)
  • ADA Compliant:
  • 100% Smoke Free:
  • Discounts Offered:
    • Group Discounts
    • Military
    • Senior
    • Other See Company Website
  • Minutes To GSP Airport: 70
  • Minutes To Downtown Greenville: 75
  • Minutes to TD Convention Center: 75
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May 05 2018 - May 05 2018

May 05

May. 05

Spring is for the birds! Dozens of species migrate through the area every spring as they head north. Come to find how many different species you can see and hear that are...



May 26 2018 - May 28 2018

May 26

May. 26 - May. 28

Memorial Day is often thought of as the kickoff to summer fun, and Chimney Rock has all the activities to make that happen. Saturday through Monday your family can spend time...



Jun 01 2018 - Aug 31 2018

June 01

Jun. 01 - Aug. 31

Chimney Rock is home to incredible wildlife, and it's great to have Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of the...



Jun 02 2018 - Jun 02 2018

June 02

Jun. 02

Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. A common question they often get from Park guests is “where does the water come from.” This...



Jun 09 2018 - Jun 09 2018

June 09

Jun. 09

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by bringing your family to explore one of Western North Carolina’s most iconic places to recreate. Join Park Naturalist, Fox Mountain Guide...



Jun 30 2018 - Jul 04 2018

June 30

Jun. 30 - Jul. 04

July 4th is the ultimate summer holiday to spend with family and friends and Chimney Rock is the perfect place to do it. June 30 - July 4 you can challenge yourself on the...



Jul 14 2018 - Jul 14 2018

July 14

Jul. 14

Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right there in Chimney Rock State Park. This moderate...



Aug 11 2018 - Aug 11 2018

August 11

Aug. 11

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the...



Aug 12 2018 - Aug 12 2018

August 12

Aug. 12

The grand finale of the 14th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival that showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the Race to...



Sep 01 2018 - Sep 03 2018

September 01

Sep. 01 - Sep. 03

Enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer experiencing what makes Chimney Rock the ideal place to play. Climb, hike and even learn during your family-fun packed weekend.



Sep 15 2018 - Sep 15 2018

September 15

Sep. 15

Come to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of Western North Carolina’s most popular Annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why...



Sep 15 2018 - Sep 15 2018

September 15

Sep. 15

The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a...



Sep 24 2018 - Sep 30 2018

September 24

Sep. 24 - Sep. 30

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and...



Oct 20 2018 - Oct 20 2018

October 20

Oct. 20

After the sun goes down, the fun begins! From hoots to howls you never know what you’ll hear or see during one of their nighttime naturalist programs. The guided night hike...



Nov 23 2018 - Nov 25 2018

November 23

Nov. 23 - Nov. 25

Chimney Rock is home to incredible wildlife, and they are lucky to have Animal Educators to help them spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of...



Nov 24 2018 - Nov 24 2018

November 24

Nov. 24

Of course, Chimney Rock is known for amazing views, but some of the most incredible aspects of this area are often overlooked. Local naturalist Clint Calhoun has spent decades...



Dec 01 2018 - Dec 08 2018

December 01

Recurring weekly on Saturday until Dec. 08 2018

There’s no way Santa could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare for his Christmas deliveries and stay in shape than on one of the...



Dec 26 2018 - Dec 31 2018

December 26

Dec. 26 - Dec. 31

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by...



Dec 29 2018 - Dec 29 2018

December 29

Dec. 29

It’s no surprise that recognizing trees without their leaves can be tricky! Bark, twigs and buds are your best tools when familiarizing yourself with our woody friends this...