What's New at Chimney Rock Park
Elevator Now In Service

Our elevator is in service! Enjoy the 26-story ride to our Sky Lounge, where you can exit to a short walk to the top of Chimney Rock.

But you won't want to miss the recently reopened Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock, where you can see unique views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont. These favorite features are found along our Outcroppings trail, which also leads to the top of the Rock.

We appreciate your patience as we've worked to make sure that folks of all ages and abilities can access our spectacular, 75- mile views. Thanks for your support of Chimney Rock. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock Now Open!

Soon after NC State Parks bought Chimney Rock Park in 2007, an inventory was done to determine the condition of the trails and Park structures. Several did not meet state construction standards and were closed until improvements could be made. Access to popular destinations along the Outcroppings trail—the Subway, Grotto and Pulpit Rock—were closed at that time. But, as noted in the State Parks’ Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Park, these destinations along the Outcroppings trail were to be redesigned, rebuilt and reopened.

A crew with NHM Constructors, LLC out of Asheville began in December 2014 to rebuild the stairs and boardwalks to restore access to these unique features along the trail that leads to the “Rock.” As you can imagine, it was no easy task. Materials were brought in by truck and carried up the mountain. A helicopter flew 70 loads of materials to the site in one afternoon, with the pilot threading the materials down through trees for the crew on the ground to put in place. The harsh winter weather we had made it even more difficult!

But all of these efforts were well worth it; the Subway, Grotto and Pulpit Rock were reopened Memorial Day weekend to the “oohs” and “ahhs” of our guests as they experienced the amazing views!

Check out photos of the progress and completed project on this page as well information on how you can experience these exciting features! And don’t forget to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages where you can see even more photos of these features, plus much more from around the Park!




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