Rumbling Bald - Chimney Rock State Park

Map of Rumbling Bald TRACK Trail

The TRACK Trail at Rumbling Bald is a 1.5 mile loop through the woods that will take you past boulder fields and over streams.

Steep gneiss cliffs tower over the north end of the trail, a favorite spot for climbers in the winter. These are some of the highlights you can expect to find along the trail: boulder fields, fissure caves, views of lake lure, steep rock walls. But keep your eyes open for wildlife and other surprises. The grandeur of the Hickory Nut Gorge is on full display here.

Track an adventure here
Sticker for Chimney Rock State Park (Rumbling Bald)

Location Details

Recreational Features: Birding, Photography
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Stream crossing
Big boulders at East Boulder field
Happy tree and Giant boulder
Tree growing on top of boulders
View of Lake Lure
Fissure Cave
Red Maple leaves

Adventures for Rumbling Bald - Chimney Rock State Park

Hiking

Fire on the Mountain

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
The Fire on the Mountain adventure brings kids close - but not too close - to the world of wildfires! Kids will discover how wildfires can be good for a forest, and why fires are "prescribed" for forests. They will also learn how to look for signs showing that there has been a fire in the forest.
Hiking

Hickory Nut Gorge Geology Rocks

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
Geology is the science of rocks. By looking carefully, geologists can look millions of years into the past. Use this brochure to discover clues about the history of Hickory Nut Gorge and how people play here today.
Hiking

Let's Explore - ecoEXPLORE

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
Scientists need your help! Use this brochure to learn how to be an ecoEXPLORER and share your nature observations with real scientists.
Chimney Rock: Nature's Hide & Seek brochure
Hiking

Chimney Rock: Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature. 
Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.50
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.

Directions

827 Boys Camp Rd
Lake Lure, NC 28746
Latitude: 35.444659000000
Longitude: -82.218823000000

Partners

The Chimney Rock TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Kids in Parks program and Chimney RockNorth Carolina State Parks.