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Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10

Grandparents Day Weekend Special
Time: Park hours
Cost: Buy one adult admission at regular price and get one free youth admission (ages 5-15)

Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to get quality time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regular-price adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Special online offer only. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 9 & 10 only.

Saturday, September 9

Movin’ On Up!
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission

Chimney Rock has been fortunate to partner with Kids in Parks to promote good health and fitness by getting kids outside and excited about our Track Trails. But, the goal for this unique program is not just about the kids – the goal is to bring all kinds of groups together in a unified vision for the health and well-being of our parks and our communities as a whole. So, let’s get moving! Everyone’s invited to join us to learn from professionals about how to exercise more, get fit, eat healthier, take better care of ourselves and have fun in the process.

Here’s what you can look forward at Movin’ on Up:

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Park Naturalist will help kids test their skills through interactive games and hands-on activities that will keep them on their toes. They’ll also help kids climb to new heights on the Park’s 32-foot Climbing Tower from 10am to 2pm.

Kids in Parks

Take adventure to the next level  with Kids in Parks Track Trail program. Before Movin’ on Up, kids can register on the Kids in Park website. At Movin’ on Up they can log their first hike or add to their hiking accomplishments along The Great Woodland Adventure trail, one of the first Track Trails in Western North Carolina, at 11:30 a.m. during a guided hike along the trail.  Once kids log their hike, they’ll receive a cool prize and sense of accomplishment for hiking so many trails.


Young scientist can interact with Mr. Stuffee, KidSenses’ museum friend, that lets young scientists “borrow” his heart, lungs, and other organs. They’ll also be able to see healthy, clean lungs function compared to yucky tar-filled smoker lungs.

North Carolina State Parks

Join a Park Ranger to see the top 10 items you need to hike in the great outdoors. You’ll be able to see and touch the top 10 essential items and ask Rangers any questions that you have before taking your next hike.

Rutherford Cooperative Extension

Have a picky eater? You may want to bring them by to taste an assortment of local fruits and vegetables prepared by Rutherford Cooperative Extension. Who knows, they may find their new favorite food.

Frugal Backpacker

Does the thought of camping scare you a little? Maybe you’ve never been and want to take your kids, but you don’t know where to start. Join a camping specialist from Frugal Backpack to see what kinds of equipment you’ll need during your first stay in the great outdoors.

Children ages 5-15 that take part in Movin’ on Up events can qualify for cool prizes Courtesy of REI and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Stop by the Rockin’ Discovery Pass Prize Tent to learn how your young explorer can earn cool swag or purchase an annual pass, which gives them endless visits to the Park.


Up to three children are allowed in free with each regular-priced adult admission ticket. 



Saturday, September 16

Naturalist Niche: Fall Early Bird Walk
Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Cost: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.

The early bird catches the worm…or the maybe the sighting of that special feathered friend. This month’s Naturalist Niche program is designed for anyone with an interest in birding. Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge are incredible places to be a bird nerd. Grab your binoculars and join a local naturalist to realize why! This hike is the prelude to our Annual Flock to the Rock event. Be sure to check out those special activities before you leave. The hike is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot.

*Early Birding 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.

Saturday, September 16

9th Annual Flock to the Rock
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission

Flock to the Rock has become one of our most popular annual events. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds!

Schedule of Events


  • S.O.A.R Birds in Flight show
  • North Carolina State Parks and Chimney Rock Management, LLC Flock to the Rock activities start.


  • Family Bird Walk
  • Falcon Program


  • Hawk and owl program


  • S.O.A.R Birds in Flight show


  • Hawk Watch Walk


  • Falcon program


  • Hawk and owl program


  • S.O.A.R Birds in Flight show


Wanting to get in on the birding action before Flock to the Rock kicksoff? Join our Naturalist Niche: Fall Early Bird Walk. Click here for details.

Wednesday, September 20

Fall Homeschool Day
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $12 Adults (Park admission); no charge Annual Pasholder; $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $7.50 Annual Grady’s Kids Club Member

Homeschool families and associations have been coming to the Park for experiential education opportunities for years. Hands-on programs with naturalists, guided hikes on a variety of trails and the chance to meet new families from around the region are just some of the reasons our annual homeschool events have become so popular. In 2017 we’re teaming up with some of our partners to bring you opportunities for more than one day. So, make a trip of it and take advantage of the many lessons we have planned for you

Saturday, September 23

Take a Child Outside: Outdoor Essentials
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child Park admission ticket with each paying adult.

We are drawn to the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, and to the never-ending wilderness.  We all hurry off in hopes of some high adventure, or maybe looking for a nice place to relax.  But what happens to the weekend warrior when trouble strikes?  When thunder clouds loom over our heads; when the trails seem to have vanished, and when nature has shown us how small and fragile we really are.

What do you carry while you are hiking? Would you have what you need to survive the night?  Join a park ranger as we rummage through our gear to determine the top 10 essentials of what to pack when we prepare to venture into the great outdoors!

All ages welcome.

Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24

Take a Child Outside: Campout
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 am
Cost: Included with Park admission; one free child admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register at 828-625-9611. Space is limited.

Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone. Join a Park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun-filled night under the stars!  Still not sure? The ranger will be camping overnight to assist you with any of your questions about camping in the great outdoors. You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event.

Campout Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 23

5:30 p.m.- Campout begins

7:30-8:30 p.m.– Campfire, ghost stories and s’mores

Gather around a campfire with a park ranger to hear some family friendly Cherokee animal legends followed by bone chilling ghost stories.  Free ooey gooey marshmallows, sweet chocolate, and crunch gram crackers will be provided for s’mores!

Sunday, Sept. 24

10 a.m. Campout ends, campers depart



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