Conservation Partners

They say it takes a village to conserve it.
Our Rock is no different.




Please, a round of applause for our Conservation Partners (for whom we’d be lost without):


Friends of Chimney Rock State Park

The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization that supports Chimney Rock State Park through volunteering and fundraising with a focus on recreational access, education, and protection of the ecological resources within Hickory Nut Gorge. By rebuilding existing trails, and expanding current trails, FCRSP hopes to aid the NC State Park system create more opportunities for nature lovers of all ages to appreciate the beauty of Chimney Rock State Park. Volunteer your time and talents, donate money or support our Park via membership with the Friends.


Conserving Carolina

Conserving Carolina (formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy) played a vital role in the sale of Chimney Rock Park to NC State Parks. The agency is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. To learn more about the important work they do, visit their website.


Foothills Conservancy

Working in close partnership with N.C. Division of State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Foothills Conservancy has played a vital role in the creation of the new Chimney Rock State Park. They helped to initiate discussion with N.C. State Parks and then N.C. State Senator Walter Dalton regarding the acquisition and protection of 1,326 acres in Hickory Nut Gorge––996 of which are the parcel on which today’s Chimney Rock State Park sits