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Santa on the Chimney 2018

October 26, 2018

The first two Saturdays of December are some of the most magical days of the year at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. That’s because Santa, the fat guy himself, with help from rock climbing professionals from Fox Mountain Guides,  rappels down the Chimney in preparation for his Christmas Eve deliveries at 11:30 a.m., Read More

Vote for Chimney Rock in WNC Magazine’s ‘Best Views of WNC Contest’

October 17, 2018

You can vote for Chimney Rock in WNC Magazine’s ‘Best Views of WNC Contest’ by clicking the image below. The winner will be announced in the 2019 January/February issue of the magazine.

Day and Night Photo Workshop Planned for Nov. 3-Nov. 4

October 15, 2018

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering a two-day Day and Night Photo Workshop for photography enthusiasts interested in learning the best ways to capture fall color. On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., professional photographer Chuck Hill will discuss and review panoramic photos, types of Read More

Celebrating Annual Passholders

October 12, 2018

Annual Passholders enjoyed breathtaking views of the sun rising over Lake Lure and a full, hot breakfast created by Chef Randall Spencer of Old Rock Cafe on Saturday, Oct. 6, during the Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast. If you’re not an Annual Passholder you’re missing out on this and other special passholder events held throughout the Read More

Elevator, Sky Lounge reopen

October 4, 2018

Roof work that began on Monday, Oct. 1 on the Sky Lounge is now complete. The elevator and Sky Lounge have reopened for guests to enjoy.

Celebrating the 10th Annual Flock to the Rock

September 24, 2018

Birders young and old enjoyed a day of informational programs, hands-on activities and live flight shows during the 10th Annual Flock to the Rock.

Chimney Rock Reopens

September 19, 2018

The Park will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to the public. All trails except for the Four Seasons trail have reopened.

Park Closed as a Precaution to Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closing on Friday, Sept. 14 through at least Sunday, Sept. 16 as a safety precaution due to the potential impact from heavy rain, high winds and rising water from Hurricane Florence. The Park’s two birding events which were scheduled for this weekend, Flock to the Rock Read More

Work begins to stabilize upper retaining wall

September 4, 2018

The first day of work to stabilize the Park’s upper retaining wall is underway. Contractors are hopeful the upper parking lot will reopen in about two weeks after work is complete.

Park to become hike-in only Park Tuesday, Sept. 4

September 3, 2018

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will become a hike-in only Park starting on Tuesday, Sept.4, when state contractors begin work to stabilize its upper parking lot. Over Memorial Day weekend, Subtropical Storm Alberto caused a section of the retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. The Park was closed for two Read More