Protect Climbing Access at Chimney Rock State Park

12/03/2010

Date: 12/3/2010

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently released a draft Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan that significantly restricts rock climbing. We need your help to ensure continued climbing access across the park!

While access to the south side of Rumbling Bald Mountain would continue under the proposed master plan, climbing in many other areas would be prohibited, including the north side of Rumbling Bald Mountain and the south face of Round Top Mountain (“Ghost Town”). The draft plan also prohibits climbing access at World's Edge (Cane Creek), Chimney Rock Attraction, Blue Rock (Bat Cave), Cloven Cliffs, and Weed Patch Mountain.

The current master plan draft lacks a clear process for evaluating and considering responsible climbing access while still balancing the protection of natural resources.

Please take a moment to use our easy letter-writing tool to submit comments to Chimney Rock State Park by December 13th to encourage access to historical climbing areas and outline a clear process for evaluating new climbing opportunities.