Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

Quick Facts

Chimney Rock State Park

North Carolina

(828) 625-9611

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Things To Do

Overview

Chimney Rock Park is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by the hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mists of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. The greater Chimney Rock State Park currently encompasses roughly 4,000 acres on both north and south sides of the gorge and expansion efforts continue to bring more of the gorge's rich natural resources into conservation. The Chimney Rock area of the state park is operated by a private contractor and is open throughout the year. Entry fees offset the cost of operating this popular tourist destination.

Map of Chimney Rock (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.427872, -82.201753

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Cycle the roads and designated trails of the park.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Explore the park from your vehicle! There are plenty of scenic overlooks and points of interest to stop at to stretch your legs.

  • Climbing

    Learn to rock climb on real rock - no equipment or experience necessary. Partners, Fox Mountain Guides, take care of it all.

  • Hiking

    Get ready to explore! The Park features five unique hiking trails--some of the best in North Carolina. Here, you'll have an opportunity to see rare and indigenous plants, unusual geological formations and a variety of native wildlife. The trails range in skill level from easy to strenuous.

  • Historic Sites

    Learn about the park's natural and cultural history at interpretive points of interest throughout the park.

  • Picnicking

    Viewpoints and scenic area have picnic facilities for you and your family to enjoy lunch in North Carolina's beautiful surroundings.

  • RVing

    Privately owned RV accommodations are available.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, swimming, and waterskiing are all great ways to enjoy Lake Lure.

Park Partners

Chimney Rock Mgmt., LLC

The state of North Carolina has contracted with Chimney Rock Management, LLC (CRM) to operate and maintain the Park in a manner consistent with the way the Park was run by the Morse family for 105 years. CRM is a new company formed by several senior staff members and many of the same smiling faces that guests have come to know over the years.

(800) 277-9611

Directions

Driving

From Biltmore Estate Exit Biltmore Estate and turn right onto US Highway 25 S (Hendersonville Road). Take Interstate 40 East to Exit #53 (Bat Cave and Highway 74A East). Stay on 74A East for 20 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From East Asheville Take Interstate 240 East to Exit #9 (Bat Cave and Highway 74A East). Stay on 74A East for 20 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From West Asheville Take Interstate 26 East toward Hendersonville. Get off at Exit #49A (Old Exit #18A - Bat Cave and Highway 64 East). Stay on 64 East for 15 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From Blue Ridge Parkway Exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 384.7 near Asheville onto Highway 74A. Stay on 74A East for 20 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From Charlotte Take Interstate 85 South to Exit #10 (King's Mountain and Highway 74 West). Drive on 74 West for about one hour. At Exit #167, get off and turn right onto Highway 9 North. Go 14 miles to the stop sign (Lake Lure will be in front of you). Turn left at the stop sign onto Highway 64/74A West. Go 4 miles and the Park entrance will be on the left.

From Statesville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh, NC Follow Interstate 40 West to Exit #103 in Morganton. Turn onto Highway 64 West. Follow 64 West to Rutherfordton. 64 West will join with Highway 74A West. Follow Highway 64/74A about 20 miles from Rutherfordton, and the Park entrance will be on the left.

From Cherokee/Maggie Valley area Follow Highway 19 toward Interstate 40 East and Asheville. Stay on 40 East to Exit #53A (Bat Cave, Chimney Rock and Highway 74A East). Turn right onto Highway 74A East. Go 20 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From South Carolina (Interstate 26 corridor) Follow Interstate 26 West into North Carolina. At the first exit in North Carolina, Exit #67 (Old Exit #36 - Columbus and Highway 108), get off and turn right onto Highway 108 East. Follow 108 East for approximately 6 miles to the intersection of Highway 108 and Highway 9 (a blinking yellow light). Turn left on Highway 9 North. Go 12 miles to the stop sign (Lake Lure will be in front of you). Turn left at the stop sign onto Highway 64/74A West. Go 4 miles and the Park entrance will be on the left.

From Greenville, SC area Take Highway 25 North (White Horse Road) into North Carolina. Follow signs to Interstate 26 West and Asheville (do not take Highway 25 into Hendersonville). Get on Interstate 26 West. At Exit #49A (Old Exit #18A - Bat Cave and Highway 64 East) get off and turn right onto Highway 64 East. Go 15 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

From Atlanta and other points in Georgia Take Interstate 85 North into South Carolina. In the Greenville, SC area, exit onto Interstate 185. Go one exit to Exit #1 (White Horse Road and Highway 25). Turn left onto Highway 25 North. Follow 25 North for about one hour into North Carolina. Follow signs to Interstate 26 West and Asheville (do not take Highway 25 into Hendersonville). Get on Interstate 26 West. At Exit #49A (Old Exit #18A - Bat Cave and Highway 64 East) get off and turn right onto Highway 64 East. Go 15 miles and the Park entrance will be on the right.

Flying

The closest airport to Chimney Rock State Park is Asheville Regional Airport

Public Transportation

No public transportation available

Phone Numbers

Primary

(828) 625-9611

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