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Fall Color Makes a Splash in the Park and Time Change Brings New Hours

November 8, 2021

Fall color is peaking in Hickory Nut Gorge, making this the best time for leaf-seekers to visit the Park. Check out our Fall Color Report, updated every Thursday, for the most accurate picture of what fall is looking like in the Park these days. Daylight Saving Time has come to a close, marking the official Read More

Flock to the Rock Returns September 18

August 27, 2021

Birdwatching experts and novices alike will enjoy the premiere birding event of the season at Chimney Rock: the 13th Annual Flock to the Rock. The event will feature activities for the whole family, including live, on the glove raptor demonstrations, kid-friendly games and crafts, and the annual Hawk Watch from the Chimney. Guests can explore Read More

Art Exhibition to Benefit Friends of Chimney Rock State Park

August 11, 2021

In May, two artists from the group Preserving a Picturesque America set out on a 80 mile journey along the French Broad River to recreate some of the original artwork from the first Picturesque America publication in the 19th century. Scott Varn and Mike Wurman made the entire trek on foot or horseback, and hosted Read More

Old Rock Café Reopens

July 5, 2021

Old Rock Café Reopens

After six months of construction and renovation, the Old Rock Café is open for business. A favorite for village locals and visitors alike, the Old Rock has been closed since last winter for an ambitious, coordinated project between the State of North Carolina and Chimney Rock Management. The decision was made by the State of Read More

Travel + Leisure Names Chimney Rock Best State Park in NC

May 26, 2021

Travelers and State Park enthusiasts alike should check out Travel + Leisure’s newest guide to the 50 best state parks in the country. The guide highlights the benefits of State Parks which often go unnoticed next to National Parks or other popular destinations but have a lot to offer. Read about some of the most Read More

Artists Begin Historic 80-mile Journey at Chimney Rock

May 6, 2021

In 1870, artist Harry Fen trekked 80 miles along the French Broad River to sketch and document 12 beautiful natural places for the publication Picturesque America. This month, two artists are following in his footsteps to recreate this artwork, and they began their journey here at Chimney Rock State Park. Scott Varn and Mike Wurman Read More

Old Rock Café Construction Update

April 23, 2021

We’re looking forward to sharing the news that the repairs and updates at the Old Rock are completed. We don’t have a date yet, but you’ll be some of the first to know when we can reopen. We are pleased to share that the contractors have installed the new floors and the Chimney Rock Management Read More

Spring is in the Air!

April 21, 2021

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Top Parking Lot Construction Completed!

November 20, 2020

The 10-month long construction project on the upper parking lot is finally finished! A whole year of operating with half the parking space that we are used to while trying to keep everyone socially distanced was not easy. We are so thrilled to have this important access piece back open again to the public.Guests are Read More

New Winter Hours

November 17, 2020

Winter is coming!! If you haven’t noticed, daylight hours are changing and so are our Park hours. Throughout the end of the year, the Ticket Plaza will be open daily from 8:30am – 4:30pm, weather-permitting. Once in the Park, guests can stay as late as 6pm. The Park will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Read More

Park Closed: Fallen Trees and Power Outage

October 29, 2020

There are multiple fallen trees that have blocked the road leading into the Park. We are working on getting these cleared. These trees have also taken down multiple powerlines and poles. We are still awaiting a timeline from the power company on when these fallen lines will be moved to allow safe entry and when Read More

Fall Color Weekends Notice: October 15 – November 15

October 15, 2020

Fall color season is always a busy time of year for Chimney Rock. On weekends, traffic can be very heavy which can cause congestion in certain areas of the Park, especially during the peak hours of 10am – 3pm. To avoid long wait times, we suggest you come early in the morning. If your schedule Read More

Park Closed on Wednesday (10/7)

October 5, 2020

The Park will be closed on Wednesday, October 7, while repairs are being made to sections of the 3-mile road leading into the Park. We plan to reopen on Thursday, October 8. We appreciate your support and understanding during these final projects of the top parking lot restoration. We are excited that we will soon Read More

Park Closure (9/30 thru 10/2)

September 28, 2020

The Park will be closed Wednesday, September 30 through Friday, October 2. The top parking lot will be paved and repairs will be made to sections of the 3-mile road through the Park during this time. We plan to reopen on Saturday, October 3. We are excited that we will soon be able to announce Read More

Top Parking Lot Construction Update

September 14, 2020

With the final header blocks of the retaining wall being put in place, the anticipation and excitement for the conclusion of this monumental project is growing. The 17,000+ tons of gravel have been laid and graded along with the section for the sidewalk. New power lines have been installed, and the lot is scheduled to Read More

Labor Day Weekend Notice – September 5 – 7

September 3, 2020

Labor Day has historically been one of our busiest weekends. With the number of visitors we have seen this summer, there is no reason to think that will not be the case this year.  We anticipate heavy congestion in certain areas of the Park, especially during the peak hours of 10am – 3pm. To avoid Read More

COVID Update

September 1, 2020

Most amenities within the Park are open, but we are still emphasizing the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 3 W’s: Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in all buildings (required) and on all trails (recommended); Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others that are not in your Read More

Chimney Rock featured on WLOS

August 18, 2020

Chimney Rock was recently featured on WLOS’ travel program, Road Trippin’. Check it out –

Top Parking Lot Construction Transformation

August 12, 2020

Over the past seven months, construction crews have been relentlessly working on the reconstruction of the top parking lot and retaining wall. These photos help showcase the transformation of this structure and the progress made. We are now on the final leg of this BIG project! Contractors have installed 1,600 total blocks for the new Read More

COVID Update

July 27, 2020

To comply with NC Govenor Cooper’s mandates, we are still in Phase 2. We have slowly begun to reopen more and more amenities within the Park, while still emphasizing safe social distancing, handwashing/hand sanitizing, and masks where necessary. Here is what you need to know before visiting: The Park is open daily; the Ticket Plaza Read More