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Sunday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 31

Spring Photo Contest: 100 Years of Memories
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission | Buy Tickets
Chimney Rock, NC

This year, NC State Parks is celebrating its centennial. Chimney Rock, privately owned for over 100 years, was acquired by the state of NC in 2007 and is a proud youngster in the state parks system. Many memories have been made at the Park, and we invite you to share images of your own in our “100 Years of Memories” photo contest. Whether it’s your engagement at Hickory Nut Falls, your child pretending she’s a turtle on our Great Woodland Adventure trail or an image of your family gazing out for the first time on the 75-mile views from the top of the Rock, we want to see your most cherished memory of your time at Chimney Rock. You can upload up to three photos to our Facebook page using the #100Memories hashtag or email them to us at from April 1-May 31 for the chance to win one of three amazing prizes, including free tickets to Chimney Rock, an overnight stay at the Esmeralda Inn and more

To enter the “100 Years of Memories” Contest:

1. Post up to three photos on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #100Memories


2. Send your photos, each with a brief description of the memory it holds, along with your name and phone number to

Winners will be chosen based on uniqueness and creativity.


First Prize

Overnight Getaway: Two adult admission tickets to Chimney Rock, overnight accommodations at the Esmeralda Inn and lunch for two at the Old Rock Café.

Second Prize

A Year of Fun at Chimney Rock: Two Annual Passes to the Park, or renewal of Annual Pass(es) for one year if currently a Passholder.

Third Prize

Chimney Rock Shopping Spree: $100 shopping spree at the Sky Lounge and / or Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Guests who do not live in the region and are unable to use the prize offered will receive a comparable prize to be determined by Chimney Rock Management, LLC.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

Post up to three photos on Facebook. Each must be tagged with #100Memories. Alternately, you can email your photos to along with your name and phone number.

(Feel free to post your photos to our other social media pages, such as Instagram and Twitter, but all photos must be posted to Facebook with #100Memories or emailed to us.)

Photo must be original and taken solely by you. You may not use a third-party’s pre-existing photo.

Photos can have been taken at any time. Older photos are welcome, but a good-quality scan or digital copy must be available.

Photos must be taken within Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park or the Old Rock Café and only in areas open to the public. Any photos taken off trails or in areas where the public is not admitted will be disqualified. Photos with wildlife, such as one of our animal educators, and the flora and fauna of the Park are admissible and encouraged, but please remember not to disturb, pick or remove either from the Park.

By submitting your photo for consideration, you release all claims to your photo and agree that all persons in the photo have given their permission for their image to be used, or that the parents or guardians of any minors in the photo have granted permission for the image of the minor to be used, for any promotions, advertising, or in other ways Chimney Rock Management, LLC, deems necessary or appropriate without compensation to you.

Any age can enter, but children under 18 must have permission of parents or guardians.

No vulgar, obscene or otherwise inappropriate photos will be considered. Chimney Rock Management, LLC, reserves to right to be the sole and final judge of what is appropriate and will make all final decisions regarding winners.

Winners will be contacted via their email account.

Winners will be chosen on or around the second week of June and will be notified via their Facebook account or email address shortly thereafter. Winners who do not respond within five business days will forfeit their prize and another winner will be chosen in their place.

Thank you for participating! We look forward to seeing your amazing memories!

Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30

Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission | Buy Tickets

Family Animal Encounters, 2pm Sat-Mon; Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm Sat & Sun

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our 2pm Family Animal Encounters, Saturday-Monday! A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Round out your day of family fun with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, open 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

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