Chimney Rock’s Undiscovered Season

Chimney Rock’s Undiscovered Season

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Reaching the Chimney is a Breeze

Where else can you get to the top of a mountain in just 32 seconds?  Visitors can reach the famed Chimney Rock monolith using the Park’s newly-renovated, 26-story elevator just like that! The elevator reopened in June of 2018, and guests once again have the option to ride the elevator or climb the 494 steps along the Outcroppings trail through nooks and crannies to some new and more outstanding viewpoints.

Winter Wonders

Leafless trees and crisp breezes make for an amazing outdoor experience. This year, the Park will be open daily throughout the winter, weather permitting, so you can come whatever day you like. Hike to see the Park’s 404-foot waterfall which can freeze into a magnificent ice sculpture and climb to the top of the “Rock” and savor uninterrupted, 75-mile panoramic views. Interested in an excursion that takes you deep into the heart of the Park? Hike the Four Seasons trail that climbs through one of the least visited areas of the Park.

Reach New Heights

See Chimney Rock differently with help from Fox Mountain Guides, the Southeast’s leader in climber education. Individuals, families or groups can book 2-hour, half-day, or full-day climbing excursions at Chimney Rock.  Start planning your rock climbing adventure by clicking here.

Seasonal Events for the Whole Family

Winter’s far from a sleepy time at Chimney Rock. Visit the first two Saturdays in December to witness Santa climb down the Park’s Chimney to practice for his big night, or bring the family to our Groundhog Day Celebration on Feb. 2 when our resident groundhog predicts whether spring will arrive early or we can expect six more weeks of winter.

A Blooming Destination

In late March through the month of April, you’re sure to be blown away by the spring ephemerals that line the Park’s 6 hiking trails. More than 550 species of vascular plants—including 32 ferns and fern allies— have been identified in the Hickory Nut Gorge where the Park is located. The Park’s also a haven for several species on North Carolina’s threatened and endangered plant species list.

Chimney Rock’s Old Rock Café Turns 20

You know those great little places you find on the best road trips?  The Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village is one of them. Here you can enjoy an eclectic, satisfying menu indoors or on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad RiverWalk.  The Café displays some great century-old photos of Chimney Rock Park that are sure to delight and create conversation. Celebrate the big 2 -0 with their new chef, Randall Spencer, and his team as they cook up some new (and old favorite) menu items, offer special live music nights and present private cooking demonstrations.