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Park Updates

June 26, 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

Upper Parking Lot Construction Update – 7/8/20

July 8, 2020

GLF has made significant progress on the top parking lot construction project. So far, 1,200 of the 1,600 retaining wall blocks have been laid. There is just two more rows to go on the upper portion. They are now beginning work on the lower portion. A total of 14,000 tons of rock & gravel have Read More

Updated Photos of Parking Lot Construction

June 19, 2020

Updated Photos of Parking Lot Construction

June 13, 2020

We Care Commitment

June 8, 2020

Updated Photos of Parking Lot Construction

May 24, 2020

Hiking up to the Chimney

May 17, 2020

Currently, the Park is open to hike-in access only from the Meadows parking area. The trek up to the Chimney is about 1.5 miles and roughly about an 800-foot elevation gain. Here is a short video that gives you a preview of what to expect on your journey up the mountain.

Thinking about visiting the Park?

May 11, 2020

Here is what you need to know: The Chimney Rock section of the Park is now open Fridays – Tuesdays; the Ticket Plaza hours are from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Park closes at 7pm. The Park will be closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays for construction on the top parking lot. Since the Park will be operating Read More

Updated Photos of Parking Lot Construction

May 10, 2020

Park Partially Reopens Starting May 9th

May 8, 2020

While many things around us have changed due to the Covid-19 virus, one thing remains the same – our commitment to provide a safe and fun-filled visit to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park for all our guests. As NC Governor Cooper’s Phase 1 plan goes into effect on Sat., May 9, we will Read More

Parking Lot Construction Project Update

April 20, 2020

The Chimney Rock Management staff knew we would face some challenges this year with some closures due to our upper parking lot project, but never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that the whole world would be closed down and business would be brought to a screeching halt due to a global pandemic.There Read More

Chimney Rock Virtual Background for Zoom Meetings

April 17, 2020

Zoom meetings have become the new way to communicate, not just for business but also with friends and family. Want to add a little flair to your Zoom meetings? You can now add a custom Chimney Rock virtual background. This spectacular view can add some peace and serenity to your conversations. To get started, download Read More

Virtual Easter Sunrise 2020

April 12, 2020

This year was the first year since 1955 that we weren’t able to host our longest-running, annual event, the Chimney Rock Easter Sunrise Service. We’re sorry we can’t be together to celebrate our 65th annual sunrise service, but we wanted to at least give you a virtual view of the sunrise this Easter from  Chimney Read More

Park Will Remained Closed Until Further Notice

March 18, 2020

Making the decision about whether to reduce the amenities offered or close the Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park has been a very difficult one and has not been taken lightly. Chimney Rock is not a typical NC state park. There are a lot of ways that guests and Park associates must interact Read More

Park Closure

March 15, 2020

With the rapidly changing updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19), Chimney Rock Management has decided to temporarily close the Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park and the Old Rock Cafe in Chimney Rock Village until Friday, March 20 to have time to determine what more we can do to help keep our guests and associates safe. Read More

Health and Safety Update

March 13, 2020

The health and safety of our guests and associates is our top priority. We share everyone’s concerns about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Even though we are an outdoor experience, we appreciate the fact that everyone who visits or works in the Park will ride our shuttle buses, use our restrooms, possibly take the elevator, visit our Read More

15th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration at Chimney Rock

February 1, 2020

Greta the Groundhog takes Center Stage for Chimney Rock’s 15th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration For the past 15 years, Groundhog Day has become a family-fun, annual tradition at Chimney Rock. On February 2nd, furry little meteorologist, Greta the Groundhog, will be making her yearly spring prediction as well as her Super Bowl pick. At 1 Read More

Upper Parking Lot Construction Project

January 27, 2020

In late 2017 and the spring of 2018, the Park received record rainfall and was hit by raucous storms. That’s when the retaining wall on the top parking lot fell, diminishing the number of parking spaces. State contractors have now begun the job of redoing the current top parking lot and restoring and extending the Read More

Santa on the Chimney & Breakfast with the Elves

December 4, 2019

Chimney Rock hosts family-friendly holiday events on December 7th and 14th The first two Saturdays of December are some of the most magical days of the year for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. On December 7th & 14th, jolly ol’ St. Nick will be practicing for his big upcoming night by rappelling down Read More

Fall Color is Almost Here!!

October 23, 2019

An autumn occurrence that draws a lot of attention in western North Carolina is the fall foliage display. Fall color typically begins at higher elevations and works its way down to the lower lands. With an abundant number of peaks ranging from 1,000 to 6,000+ feet above sea level, the Blue Ridge mountains have one Read More