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Tuesday, August 1 - Thursday, August 31

Summer Photo Contest- Give It Your Best Shot!
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter contest

Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock. Whether it’s the expression of awe on your child’s face, dappled light on the trees, a salamander running into a crevice, or the flag blowing in the breeze, it strikes a chord with you.  Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our seasonal photo contest and tell us about it. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between June 1 to August 31, 2017. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
  3. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule.
  4. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words)
  5. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
  6. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to prandevents@chimneyrockpark.com.
  7. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  8. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  9. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  10. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  11. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of a face of Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  12. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  13. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced in September at chimneyrockpark.com and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels.

First Prize – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

People’s Choice – Selected by our Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of our Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of our Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.

For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at prandevents@chimneyrockpark.com

Tuesday, August 1 - Thursday, August 31

Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm daily
Cost: Included with Park admission

Chimney Rock is home to incredible wildlife, and we are lucky to have Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park Naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday, August 5

Behind the Scenes for Annual Passholders
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free to passholders

Have you heard rumors about the Park working on a new Skyline Trail? Maybe you’ve been calling every few months to get an update on the trail’s progress. In anticipation of this new trail opening later this summer, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is planning an event, which allows Annual Passholders to be some of the first guests to see the new Skyline Trail and learn more about its construction.

Annual Passholders will need to hike more than 800  steps to access the Skyline Trailhead. From there, they’ll hike an additional 1.1 miles to the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. 

 

Annual Passholders may register for one of the guided hikes  offered on: 

Saturday, August 5 at 3pm

Sunday, August 6 at 10am 

 Sunday, August 6  at 3pm 

Wednesday, August 9 at 10am 

Thursday, August 10 at 10am 

 

Individuals that are not Annual Passholders can call and become Annual Passholders and register for this hike. Limited spots are available for each guided hike, so call today to reserve your spot. To register, call 828-625-9611.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 6

Have you heard rumors about the Park working on a new Skyline Trail? Maybe you’ve been calling every few months to get an update on the trail’s progress. In anticipation of this new trail opening later this summer, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is planning an event, which allows Annual Passholders to be some of the first guests to see the new Skyline Trail and learn more about its construction.

Annual Passholders will need to hike more than 800  steps to access the Skyline Trailhead. From there, they’ll hike an additional 1.1 miles to the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. 

 

Annual Passholders may register for one of the guided hikes  offered on: 

Sunday, August 6 at 10am 

 Sunday, August 6  at 3pm 

Wednesday, August 9 at 10am 

Thursday, August 10 at 10am 

 

Individuals that are not Annual Passholders can call and become Annual Passholders and register for this hike. Limited spots are available for each guided hike, so call today to reserve your spot. To register, call 828-625-9611.

 

 

Wednesday, August 9

Have you heard rumors about the Park working on a new Skyline Trail? Maybe you’ve been calling every few months to get an update on the trail’s progress. In anticipation of this new trail opening later this summer, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is planning an event, which allows Annual Passholders to be some of the first guests to see the new Skyline Trail and learn more about its construction.

Annual Passholders will need to hike more than 800  steps to access the Skyline Trailhead. From there, they’ll hike an additional 1.1 miles to the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. 

 

Annual Passholders may register for one of the guided hikes  offered on: 

 

Wednesday, August 9 at 10am 

Thursday, August 10 at 10am 

Individuals that are not Annual Passholders can call and become Annual Passholders and register for this hike. Limited spots are available for each guided hike, so call today to reserve your spot. To register, call 828-625-9611.

Thursday, August 10

Have you heard rumors about the Park working on a new Skyline Trail? Maybe you’ve been calling every few months to get an update on the trail’s progress. In anticipation of this new trail opening later this summer, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is planning an event, which allows Annual Passholders to be some of the first guests to see the new Skyline Trail and learn more about its construction.

Annual Passholders will need to hike more than 800  steps to access the Skyline Trailhead. From there, they’ll hike an additional 1.1 miles to the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. 

 

Annual Passholders may register this guided hike on Thursday, August 10 at 10am 

Individuals that are not Annual Passholders can call and become Annual Passholders and register for this hike. Limited spots are available for each guided hike, so call today to reserve your spot. To register, call 828-625-9611.

Saturday, August 12

Kudzu Basketmaking Workshop
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 per student

South Carolina Artist Nancy Basket will lead students through the process of weaving their own kudzu basket.

Join South Carolina Artist Nancy Basket for a 2-hour course focusing on the art of Kudzu Basket Making. On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, participants will create bird nest or flower gathering using their hands, a few basic tools and kudzu– also known as “the vine that ate the south.” All supplies are included in this workshop. This class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $25 per participant. Advance registration is required. To register, call 800-277-9611

Saturday, August 12

Krazy with Kudzu
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission

The sight of kudzu creeping up mountain sides—or any object for that matter– is a sure sign of summer.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, visitors to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will learn the good, the bad and the ugly about kudzu during the Park’s Krazy with Kudzu event.

State Park Rangers will discuss how the noxious invasive poses a threat to native plants. They’ll also explain the different methods used to manage the weed that’s known as “the vine that ate the south.”

A representative from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will talk to visitors about the slithering weed and the tactics that the conservancy are using to fight it in the region.

A kudzu blossom

“Since 2012, Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge has used a variety of kudzu control techniques, including hand pulling, chemical control, and even goats,” said Jen Adams, AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Associate at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. “Kudzu infestations may seem overwhelming, but there are things everyone can do to help control them!”

Along with presentations from authorities fighting the weed, visitors to the Park will have a chance to meet one of Kudzu’s natural predators— goats. Goat farmer Ron Searcy, of Wells Farm in Horse Shoe, N.C., will bring some of his animals and share fun facts about the critters that make kudzu eating their business.

“Many people don’t realize how fast a few goats can clear a piece of land,” said Searcy. “I’ll bring some of my goats and people can see them eating kudzu and learn about their uses in clearing land.”

The West End String Band will play at this year’s Krazy with Kudzu event.

While exploring the world of kudzu control, guests can enjoy live music from the Westend String Band from Greenville, S.C..

They’ll also have a chance to visit with the Kudzu Queen, Edith Edwards, and a crew of kudzu enthusiasts to share the many ways that they use kudzu. Edwards will have kudzu jelly that can be sampled as well as some of her signature deep-fried kudzu leaves.

Kudzu Queen Edith Edwards fries up some kudzu leaves at her home in Rutherfordton, NC.

Edwards and her husband, Henry, began growing and harvesting the vine for their cows in the ‘70s during a drought. Since then, Edwards has grown to love the weed that’s used frequently in eastern medicine. She’s also learned to cook and make various crafts with the leaves and vines.

“You can do a lot with kudzu,” said Edwards. “I’ve deep fried kudzu leaves and I’ve also made tea, syrup and jelly. You can make wreaths and baskets with it. It’s really an amazing plant”

On the arts side of things, three different crafters that harvest and use the vine for their work will be on site to discuss their efforts to use the weed for something positive.

Justin Holt and Zev Friedman will demonstrate how Kudzu vine is stripped and turned into usable fibers for artists. The two will also have some of the fibers that they have created with kudzu for sale on site.

Artist Nancy Basket will teach a kudzu basketmaking class during the Aug. 12 event.

Crafters interested in learning how to make the weed into something fabulous can sign up for a Kudzu Basketmaking class with Nancy Basket.

“Using kudzu vine, students will create one of two baskets,” said Baskets. “No experience or supplies are needed for this class. Participants should just come with an open mind and be ready to have some fun.”

The South Carolina artists will guide students of all levels through a two-hour course that provides step-by-step instructions to create a bird nest or flower gathering kudzu basket from 10 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required to attend this class. Cost is $25.

To register, call 828-625-9611. Registration is due by Friday, Aug. 4.

 

 

Saturday, August 26

Naturalist Niche: Waterfall Exploration
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.

The famous Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Seen in movies such as The Last of the Mohicans, its sheer drop is easily recognized and hard to forget. Thousands of people visit the waterfall each year often overlooking the significance of what flora and fauna thrive in this incredible cliffside habitat. The exploration to the base of Hickory Nut Falls will have you turning over rocks and peering into crevices to see what may be lurking. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!

 

*Waterfall Exploration is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

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