The Media Room May 23, 2015
Elevator Out of Service Until Further Notice; Park Admission is Reduced

The elevator will be closed indefinitely while reoccurring issues in its general operation are addressed. Engineers and technicians are looking for a solution to these ongoing problems. We are sorry for the inconvenience this closure has caused and will keep you updated on any progress. We appreciate your interest in the Park and your understanding.

You can still access the top of Chimney Rock with an exhilarating walk up our 491-step Outcroppings trail. As you climb, be sure to stop and check out the work being done on the portion of the trail that leads to the Grotto, the Subway and Pulpit Rock. These familiar features will reopen this summer! You will be pleasantly surprised at the awesome views this new access will provide.

While the elevator is out of operation, rates will be reduced. Adult tickets, normally $15, will be $12; youth tickets (ages 5-15), normally $7, will be $6. Normal discounts will apply.

The Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli is open daily from 10am-6pm and Cliff Dwellers Gifts is open daily from 8:30am-7pm.

Outcroppings Progress in the Making

Soon after NC State Parks bought Chimney Rock Park in 2007, an inventory was done to determine the condition of the trails and Park structures. Several did not meet state construction standards and were closed until improvements could be made. Access to popular destinations along the Outcroppings trail—the Subway, Grotto and Pulpit Rock—were closed at that time. But, as noted in the State Parks’ Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Park, these destinations along the Outcroppings trail were to be redesigned, rebuilt and reopened.


And, work is well underway! A crew with NHM Constructors, LLC out of Asheville began in December 2014 to rebuild the stairs and boardwalks that will restore access to these unique features along the trail that leads to the “Rock.” As you can imagine, this is no easy task. Materials have been brought in by truck and carried up the mountain. A helicopter flew 70 loads of materials to the site in one afternoon, with the pilot threading the materials down through trees for the crew on the ground to put in place. The harsh winter weather we’ve been experiencing has made it even more difficult! But all of these efforts will be well worth it once access is complete. If work remains on schedule, Pulpit Rock, the Grotto and the Subway will be ready for you to experience by late spring.


Check out photos of our progress on this page. We’ll be adding updates and more images here and on our Facebook page to show you how things are going. Make plans to come visit. You’ll be impressed with what’s been happening during this generally quiet time of the year.



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