Chimney Rock Park Activites
Delve into Nature


The Park is a great spot for folks of all ages and all abilities. Head out on the moderate Hickory Nut Falls trail leading to the bottom of 404' Hickory Nut Falls. The Great Woodland Adventure is perfect for families. The Four Seasons trail winds through hardwood forest and gains 400' in elevation before it connects to the Hickory Nut Falls trail.

Our Team of Naturalists can answer questions about the natural history, geology, flora and fauna of the Park. Groups may book a guided hike or program with a Naturalist:

  • One Naturalist can guide a hike of up to 25 people. The amount of time depends on which trail you choose. Pricing varies based on group size.
  • Choose from a variety of program topics, such as raptors, plants, geology and birding. We can tailor any program just for you.

Bringing a Group of kids? Join Grady the Groundhog and his friends for a fun-filled day at the Park. Options include nature programs with birds, turtles, snakes, groundhogs and other wildlife. Additional fees apply. Check out our online activities designed especially for kids.

Team-building Experiences: Divide your group into teams to hunt through the Park to find answers about the history, geology and trails. Specific questions can be designed to lead your group through certain areas of the Park most suitable for your outing. Cost: $25 per group. Prizes are available for an additional fee.

Climbing Tower Challenge: Try our climbing tower overlooking the Hickory Nut Gorge. Ideal for guests of all ages. Develop new skills, learn to cooperate and build self-confidence. Call for pricing; advance registration required.

Rock Climbing: Our partners at Fox Mountain Guides offer a complete rock climbing guide service for all groups, familyFox Mountain Guides and Guest Climbing Vista Rock trips, reunions, birthday parties, school trips, church group excursions and scout climbing and rappelling trips as part of the Climbing Merit Badge, or as part of an extended trip anywhere in North Carolina. Discounted group rates start at a minimum booking of seven clients, and we offer a range of possibilities including full- and half-day bookings.

Music: Our featured hammered dulcimer player, John Mason, is friendly, lighthearted and takes requests.

Souvenirs: select some of our great souvenirs for your group: walking sticks, water bottles, magnets, DVDs and much more. Or, if you can't decide, offer your group Chimney Rock Gift Certificates that can be redeemed at our gift shop, at the Old Rock Café or for an upgrade to a Chimney Rock Annual Pass. Check out the items available in our online store.

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