Chimney Rock Park Events Calendar

Events for September 2013

Labor Day Weekend Family-Friendly Activities
Dates: Sep 1st - Sep 2nd
Cost: Included with Park admission
Check out the many fun activities for families this Labor Day weekend at no extra cost:

The climbing tower will be open for a free climb 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, weather permitting. Enjoy authentic Appalachian storytelling and musical performances by John Fowler at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Meadows. Read more about John below.

On Saturday, watch a local artist create original wood jewelry and ornaments by hand using local reclaimed hardwoods. Melanie Restall with Melanieís Meadow Jewelry from Burnsville, N.C., will be making and selling her jewelry from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the gift shop at the base of Chimney Rock.

After hiking around the Park and enjoying our stunning scenery, refuel on a family picnic on Saturday-Monday with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and a 20-oz. drink. Multiple picnic areas are available near the top parking lot, the Meadows area near Gradyís Animal Discovery Den and along the Park road.

Have a safe, fun holiday weekend!

6th Annual Flock to the Rock
Dates: Sep 21st - Sep 22nd
Time: 8:30am-2pm Sat.; Simonís Early Bird walk 7:30am Sunday
Cost: No additional cost with paid Park admission; Simon's early Sunday walk is extra.
The regionís premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, bird walks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks and owl pellet dissection for kids.

Chimney Rock is home to 130+ species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen on their flight south. Learn more about birding at Chimney Rock.

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