First Day Hikes offered at Chimney Rock State Park

Free ranger hike at Rumbling Bald
Dec. 29, 2013 @ 06:25 AM

Kick off the new year with an inspiring hike and get one step closer to making state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and life. Join a Chimney Rock State Park ranger at Rumbling Bald Climbing Access, a non-fee area of Chimney Rock State Park, on Jan.1  at 1 p.m. to hike the Rumbling Bald Trail.

Constructed with the help of local volunteers just one year ago, this one-mile roundtrip trail leads to the bottom of Rumbling Bald and the east side boulder fields. Learn how the park uses ecological information to reroute old trails and plan new trails. Bring water, dress warmly and wear sturdy hiking shoes. For more info and directions to the Rumbling Bald hike, go to

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is open, weather permitting until Jan. 5.

State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation. Each year, over 720 million people visit America’s state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy. These parks are a "close to home" natural resource that enhances our quality of life. Check out the First Day Hikes at any of your favorite NC State Parks.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers panoramic 75-mile views, hiking trails, rock climbing, nature programs and ancient rock features that attract visitors from around the world. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to