Chimney Rock’s Skyline trail closed

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 09:23 AM

Chimney Rock’s Skyline trail is closed partially for a few weeks for planned trail improvements, making Exclamation Point temporarily inaccessible.

Starting Monday on Nov. 26, there will be no public access above Devil’s Head on the Skyline trail while Park staff performs seasonal maintenance on the trail.  Devil’s Head and the Opera Box will stay open, and access to the iconic Chimney will not be affected.

With winter hours in effect, the Ticket Plaza is now open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the Park closing at 6 p.m. on Friday through Tuesday. The Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, except between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Old Rock Café will be open 11 to 4 p.m., Friday through Tuesday. Admission rates for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will remain at their current reduced rate of $10 adult and $6 youth (ages 6-15) with no additional discounts. Children under 6 are admitted for free.

Earlier this month, the Hickory Nut Falls trail was closed for repairs after a rockslide caused extensive damage to a footbridge and blocked access on the trail to the bottom of the 404-foot waterfall.

The trail could be closed for a couple months while repairs are made. For more information on how the trail closures impact visitation and events, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

The trail closures will not affect the Park’s annual Santa on the Chimney on December 8 and 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the 20th year, Santa will practice climbing down the Park’s 315-foot-tall chimney before climbing down millions of chimneys around the world.

Guests are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and meet live non-releasable critters. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission.