Chimney Rock Needs Our Input!

Here’s our chance to influence our state park!

Chimney Rock - classic view - Ch 7

Chimney Rock State Park, authorized in 2005, comprises more than 4,300 acres in Rutherford, Polk, Henderson and Buncombe counties, including Hickory Nut Gorge. The private Chimney Rock park was added to the state’s property in 2007, and is the primary public access to the state park.

A state park’s master plan is essentially a blueprint for long-term development of facilities and recreation opportunities and a guide for protection of natural resources. It is meant to be an organic document, evolving as the park grows and as knowledge is gained about a park’s natural resources and public use.

Greenways Inc., a Durham-based environmental planning and landscape architecture firm, is completing the plan. The design proposals will be available at

Written comments can be submitted through June 23 through the Greenways website or by mail to: General Management Plan Coordinator, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, 1615 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1615.

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