Chimney Rock Park Activites
Group activities at Chimney Rock Park

Hiking, Climbing, Games, Music & So Much More


The Park is a great spot for folks of all ages and all athletic 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.

Delve into Nature
Our team of Trail Guides can answer questions about the natural history, geology, flora and fauna of the Park.

  • Groups may book a guided hike with a Trail Guide. One Trail Guide can guide up to 25 people. The amount of time depends on which trail you choose. Cost is $50 per hour.
  • Presentations are available that highlight the wonderful natural aspects of the Park.
  • Trails programs include Nature, Wildflower, Old Growth Forest and Naturalist workshops, as well as hikes guided by our specialists. Cost: workshop fees apply.

Kids’ Activities
Join Grady the Groundhog and his friends for a fun-filled day at the Park. Options include: Storytelling, Arts & Crafts and Nature Programs with birds, turtles, snakes, groundhogs and other wildlife. Additional fees apply.

Scavenger Hunt
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 Experience
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. Cost: $80 first hour/$50 each additional hour or portion of an hour; advance registration required.

Group 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.


Our featured hammered dulcimer player, John Mason, is friendly, lighthearted and takes requests. Cost: $300 for three hours.

There's a lot to do and see in Hickory Nut Gorge and the surrounding area — including a guided boat tour of Lake Lure.

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.

Give your group a little something extra to remember their trip to Chimney Rock. Purchase Chimney Rock: More Than You Imagined, our beautiful 48-page souvenir book with spectacular full-color images.

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