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Rock to Farm Tour
Discover the beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge, from the highlands to the farmlands. This all-inclusive tour features the scenic, natural beauty of Chimney Rock State Park and the historic, rural ambiance of Hickory Nut Gap Farm all in one day.
Price – $60/person. Includes meals and activities.
8am – 9am – Breakfast at the Old Rock Café
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast at the award-winning Old Rock Café, which prominently features a back deck that overlooks the Rocky Broad River and Riverwalk. Breakfast includes an entrée of your choice and a beverage.
9:30am – 11am – Guided hike at Chimney Rock State Park
Partake in a guided adventure on the Hickory Nut Falls trail to the base of one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. This 404-foot natural wonder was highlighted in the epic film, “The Last of the Mohicans.” At the conclusion of this moderate, 1.4-mile roundtrip excursion, feel free to explore the many vantage points of the iconic Chimney Rock, which can be accessed via the Outcroppings trail or the state-of-the-art 26-story elevator.
1pm – 2pm – Lunch at Hickory Nut Gap Farms
Enjoy a scenic, 20-30-minute drive up the Hickory Nut Gorge to Hickory Nut Gap Farms. At 1pm, you’ll be offered a true farm-to-fork experience. Order lunch off of their new chef-inspired BBQ menu featuring 100% grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and chicken and locally-sourced fresh produce.
2pm – 3pm – Guided tour of the Farm
A guide will escort you on a walking tour throughout the property to explore the 80 acres of working farmland. You’ll head to the top of UFO hill for a spectacular view, walk alongside the creek through old forest, see the grazing animals on pasture, and learn about regenerative agriculture. Learn about the farm’s 100-year-old history and current farming practices.
3pm – 4pm – Fall festival at HNG Farms
Finish the day off by enjoying the many activities of the weekday fall festival happening throughout the month of September. Visit baby farm animals, pick apples in the u-pick apple orchard, slide down the culvert slides, take a trip around the adult-sized trike track, participate in a farm scavenger hunt, and find your way through the meadow maze.
This day trip will include moderate-to-strenuous walking distances and terrain. You will want to wear comfortable hiking boots or shoes. Hydration is key, so be sure to bring plenty of water. Don’t forget your camera to commemorate your experience! The guided hikes have mandatory start times of 9:30am at Chimney Rock State Park and 1pm at Hickory Nut Gap Farms, so please make sure you are at the rendezvous point for the tours at least 5-10 minutes beforehand. Transportation is not included. This tour package has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15 people. Guests may book as individuals, but if the minimum is not met within 24 hours prior, the tour will be canceled. We will inform you in advance if that is the case.