Kick off 2023 “Year of the Trail” with this First Day Hike in Chimney Rock State Park!
A park ranger will offer an informative discussion about the park’s history while the group strolls, hikes or bikes up to the 3.2-mile entrance road. Usually restricted only to motor vehicle traffic only, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that is free to participants!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Cafe at 8 a.m. Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top. The park will provide shuttle transportation back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village, and everyone must exit by 10 a.m.
Bicyclists are allowed to use the road also on this special morning to climb and descend the steep park road under controlled speed. Helmets are required.
Hike participants can return to Chimney Rock access for the same day at no charge.
Bring plenty of drinking water and wear clothing suited to the weather and sturdy hiking shoes. This hike will be moderately strenuous uphill along a paved surface.