Rope Climbing and Rappelling
From beginner rock climbing to intermediate rock climbing to advanced and expert rock climbing, our two-hour clinics on rappelling and climbing are geared to your skill level. You will receive one-on-one instruction in a small group setting from the fully-certified guides of Fox Mountain Guides, the Southeast's only AMGA-accredited climbing school. You’ll be on the cliffs and enjoying your new vantage point in a matter of minutes!
Sign up as a group or come on your own. Class size is limited to six people. All clinics are by advance reservation only and offered between 9am-11am and 3pm-5pm seven days a week during Daylight Saving Time. (Hours of operation in the Park are more limited and weather-dependent during the winter, so call the Park office at 828-625-9611 for current conditions.) All equipment is provided. Get more information on climbing at Chimney Rock on the Fox Mountain Guides website or call them at 888-284-8433 for price information and to book a climbing lesson.
Not sure if you're ready for the full two hours? If you'd like just a "taste" of rock climbing, check out our 15-minute tasters typically offered on weekends from late March through mid-November. Sign up in advance for this mini-adventure for only $20 plus Park admission. If a minimum of four (4) advance signups are not met on your designated day, FMG will work with you to reschedule. If you have questions, please call FMG at (888) 284-8433.
NOTE: The schedule may change due to inclement weather.
Half Day and Full Day Climbing
First Time/Novice Trips 'Top Rope Climbing/Rappelling'
Come by yourself or get together a group of friends and experience this amazing sport for the first time! A day of 'top rope' or 'single pitch' is climbing to about 60-100 feet high doing single climbs and then being lowered back down to the ground. You may also rappel, starting at the top and lowering yourself down the rope while being belayed by the guide. The day consists of accomplishing climbs that you feel comfortable doing and learning about climbing safety, belaying and rappelling, equipment, climbing ethics, and wilderness "Leave No Trace" skills. All equipment is provided.
Intermediate/Advanced Trips 'Multi-pitch Rock Guiding'
The guide leads up to a ledge, builds an anchor and then belays you up to it. From here, the guide leads up again to another ledge and repeats the process to the top of the cliff. Multi-pitch climbs at Chimney Rock are 200-400 feet high. All guiding days are "one-on-one" unless you organize to bring friends or family with you. Multi-pitch guiding has a limit of 3 participants.
Group Rock Climbing
Fox Mountain Guides offers a complete guiding service for all groups, family trips, reunions, birthday parties, school trips, church group excursions and scout climbing and rappelling trips as part of the Climbing Merit Badge, or as part of an extended trip anywhere in North Carolina. Our discounted group rates start at a minimum booking of six clients, and we offer a range of possibilities including full and half-day bookings.
The minimum age and weight for most climbs and rappels is 6 years old and 50 pounds. There is no maximum age or weight restriction. Categories of climbs are beginner (novice) level and continue to advanced rock climbing/rappelling.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-284-8433.
Rumbling Bald Mountain is a 1,100-acre collection of cliffs and boulders located in the non-fee area of Chimney Rock State Park. Though still somewhat of a hidden gem, Rumbling Bald is considered world-class bouldering and technical rock climbing with some of the best terrain in the Southeast. Its boulder fields contain an estimated 1,500 bouldering problems that are easily accessible. The most popular climbing seasons are fall and winter. Visitors may park in the designated parking area located off Boys Camp Road. Cars should not be parked along the entrance drive, on the grass or along the wooden bollards. Take advantage of additional parking at the Town of Lake Lure's municipal parking lot on Hwy 64/74A, from which you can carpool. For directions and the latest information, visit www.ncparks.gov.