Destination or On-the-way Tours, Be Sure Your Motorcoach Stops Here
Begin your "elevated experience" with a hearty welcome from a "meet and greet" Naturalist and then ride on the 26-story elevator inside our mountain. It offers safe and easy access to the jaw-dropping 75-mile views of the Hickory Nut Gorge.
Spend two hours or an entire day with us. Marvel at the views or explore our hiking trails and 404-ft. waterfall. Enjoy shopping in Cliff Dwellers Gifts and the Sky Lounge. Our 5-acre Meadows is the perfect spot to take group photos and host a catered event. Choose from a variety of fun activities and a full range of catering options including local foods.
For groups of 20 or more, you receive:
- Complimentary admission for escort and motorcoach driver
- Complimentary shuttle for motorcoach tours; reservations required
- Complimentary meal for driver and escort, if catering is ordered
Ready to book your tour group? Call Group Sales at 828-625-4697 ext. 1 or email us.
Why Senior Groups Love Us
Easy access to amazing views. Reach the top of a mountain in 30 seconds! The elevator has been completely modernized. First put into operation in 1949, it’s been a real workhorse over the years, and it was time for an overhaul. Now that the modernization is complete, we can continue to transport guests in safety to the Chimney level for the panoramic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge for many more years to come.
Exercise options. The Outcroppings trail, an option for hiking to/from the Chimney instead of taking the elevator, now has new sturdier, wider stairs with more platforms offering resting and viewing spots along its scenic route.
All rest rooms in the Park are ADA-compliant. And those incredible murals on the walls are still intact!
Fast food. The Old Rock Café prepares and serves delicious catered meals for groups, with delicious local food options from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to grass-fed beef.
Download a sample itinerary for planning your visit to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
Student Travel Groups
For more information on educational opportunities for student travel groups and schools, visit our Education page.
Coach Driver Information
When you reach Chimney Rock Village, you will see the main Park entrance sign and gate. Pass through the gate, cross the bridge and continue up the road 1.5 miles to the Ticket Plaza.
Once you arrive at the Ticket Plaza, please pull to the left of the building and have your escort check in at the counter inside.
From the Ticket Plaza, follow the road to our 5-acre Meadows. At the stop sign, proceed straight onto the gravel road and continue to the top of the Meadows to our Park shuttle area.
Motorcoach parking is along the wood rails and is designated by parking signs. We ask that you "think green" and do not leave your bus engine idling.
The Classroom on the Meadows, Cliff Dwellers Gifts, the Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli, the large picnic pavilion on the Meadows, all rest rooms and the Old Rock Café are handicap accessible. Please ask us if you need to accommodate a handicapped guest.
We encourage and welcome photos during your visit to Chimney Rock. The 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge from the top or the base of the Chimney will be the envy of your friends.
Want a group photo? Ask any of our Park associates to take your photo for you.