The Chimney Rock Access, located in Rutherford County, is owned by the state of North Carolina and operated through a concession contract. Fees are charged in this area to support the large amount of infrastructure needed to support accessing Chimney Rock Mountain.
The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park have supported this access through fund raising events, educational programming, and volunteer work days. The number one priority for the Friends is to assist in re-opening the Skyline Trail back to the top of Hickory Nut Falls.
Skyline Trail to the top of Hickory Nut Falls
The old Skyline Trail from Exclamation Point to the top of Hickory Nut Falls was closed in 2008 due to structural issues. Parks staff has started dismantling the old Skyline Trail and laying out a new route to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park are assisting with raising funds and clearing this new section of trail. Regaining access to the top of Hickory Nut Falls is the Friends’ number one project.
For more information about this volunteer opprotunity please email the friends at email@example.com