Rumbling Bald Climbing Access

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Rumbling Bald Climbing Access


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  • Seasons - Fall/Winter


  • 827 Boys Camp Road

    Lake Lure,   NC   28746

  • Mailing Address -

    PO Box 220

    Chimney Rock,   NC   28720


Rumbling Bald Mountain is an 1,100-acre collection of cliffs and boulders located in the non-fee area of Chimney Rock State Park. Rumbling Bald is considered world-class bouldering and technical rock climbing with some of the best terrain in the Southeast. The climbing access site, just off Boys Camp Road at the western edge of the town of Lake Lure, has long been used by the public as access for climbing, bouldering and hiking on surrounding public land.

This is a day use area only and it receives heavy visitation in the late fall and winter. Parking is limited and visitors are asked to park only in the designated area and to consider carpooling when planning a visit. All state park rules and regulations apply.

Please contact us regarding information on individual and group climbing fees.

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827 Boys Camp Road
Lake Lure NC 28746


Latitude: 35° 26' 34.6848" / Longitude: -82° 12' 58.323"

Special Directions:

From Brevard: Take US Highway 64 east through Hendersonville. Keep going as you cross I-26 and continue until you reach the town of Bat Cave. Here, US 64 joins US 74 as you turn to the right. Proceed to the towns of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. This is a popular tourist route in the summer, so be prepared for slow going. As you pass through Chimney Rock and into Lake Lure, look for Boys Camp Road on your left. If you go across the bridge you have gone too far. Take Boys Camp road about 1.5 miles to the top of a ridge. On your left, look for the entrance to Chimney Rock State Park.

From Columbia, SC, I-26 via I-95 for Floridians: Continue on I-26 toward Greenville / Spartanburg. Just after reaching the NC border, look for exit 36, SR 108 to Columbus/Chimney Rock/Lake Lure. Turn right on SR 108 and continue for about 4 miles. When you reach an intersection with SR 9, follow the signs to Lake Lure (left). Continue for another 10 miles until you come down a hill and see Lake Lure. Go left on Highway 64/74/9 for 4 miles, passing Lake Lure Public Beach and Washburn Marina on your right. Turn right after the bridge on to Boys Camp Road and follow the directions above.

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