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Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission | Buy Tickets

Family Animal Encounters 2pm, Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm

Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of our Family Animal Encounters, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Meet at the Outdoor Classroom for our Animal Encounters. Defy gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, then round out the day by grabbing a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and enjoy a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday, September 10 - Sunday, September 11

Grandparents Day Special
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and get one free youth (ages 5-15) admission

Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free.

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Saturday, September 10

Rogue Rangers’ Volunteer Project: Wrong Turn
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

What better way to help celebrate National Grandparents Day than by volunteering and improving parks for many generations to enjoy? The Rogue Ranger Volunteer Program is a Friends of Chimney Rock State Park-sponsored volunteer program where volunteers assist rangers with some of their most rewarding job duties. These opportunities include marking uncharted territories, bush whacking new trails, battling invasive plants, renewing recreational activities and socializing at local events.

This day, volunteers will be working at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access. Our trail is being damaged by hikers taking shortcuts down the switchbacks. To prevent this, we will be installing new guardrails between the switchbacks that discourage hikers from taking shortcuts and eroding our trails.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. Be sure to pack plenty of water and lunch for breaks as well.

Space is limited. Call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 to sign up.

Sunday, September 11

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, we invite the senior anglers to bring out their little tikes and try trout fishing together. Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Café to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River. All supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome.

For more information, please call the State Park Office at 828-625-1823.

Thursday, September 15

Community Health Fair
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free to all Rutherford, Polk, Henderson and Buncombe county residents or free with admission

Don’t wait for the New Year to resolve to be healthier! Get free cholesterol and glucose screenings, information on strength conditioning, yoga, reflexology, outdoor activities, personal training, orthodontics, the Affordable Health Care Act and more from local providers. This event will be held at the base of Chimney Rock. All Rutherford, Polk, Henderson and Buncombe county residents will receive free admission for the day. For more information about this event, call 828-625-9611.

Saturday, September 17

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

Kick off Flock to the Rock with an early bird walk led by a Park naturalist to see which of our feathered friends is out on trails before the Park opens. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot.

Early Bird Walk 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.

After the walk, stay for Flock to the Rock, the region’s premier fall migration birding event that features live Birds of Prey programs including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, bird walks led by local experts and other special birding-related activities. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration.

 

Saturday, September 17

8th Annual Flock to the Rock
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission | Buy Tickets

The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. Features live Birds of Prey programs, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, bird walks led by local experts and other special birding activities. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Chimney Rock is home to 130+ species year-round, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon.

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Saturday, September 24 - Friday, September 30

Take a Child Outside (TACO) Week
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: One free child admission ticket with each adult admission ticket purchased.

All ages

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in NC that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes, nature education programs and a campout introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. To learn more about Take a Child Outside Week as a movement, visit takeachildoutside.org.

*Chimney Rock State Park’s Take a Child Outside events are listed on this calendar below. All events are free of charge. Please note that the Family Campout requires pre-registration.”

Saturday, September 24

Take a Child Outside: Woodland Adventure
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free with Park Admission. One free child admission ticket with every adult ticket purchased.

Join a state park ranger and one of our Park naturalists on a short hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Grady the Groundhog, the Park’s Animal Ambassador, illustrates how his forest friends live, including chipmunks, frogs, owls and butterflies. Try to jump as far as a spider, spot the salamanders or get in the shell of a turtle! Larger-than-life wood and metal sculptures crafted by local artists bring this trail to life.

Participants should meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows.

Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, September 25

Take a Child Outside: Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cost: Free with Park Admission. One free child admission ticket with every adult admission ticket purchased.

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live in the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Participants should meet outside Grady’s Animal Den near the Meadows and the Great Woodland Adventure trail.

Saturday, September 24

Take a Child Outside: Outdoor Essentials
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free with Park Admission. Free child admission ticket with every adult admission ticket purchased.

Ah, the great outdoors.  Everyone smiles when the sun is shining.  It warms our skin as we inhale the sweet smell of the wind that blows through the vast landscapes that surround us.  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, and when the trails seem to have vanished?

What do you carry while you are hiking? Would you have what you need to survive the night?  Join a state 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. Participants should meet in the Pavilion at the Meadows.

Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, September 25

Take a Child Outside: Family Campout
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 am
Cost: Free with Park Admission. One free child admission ticket with each adult admission ticket purchased.

Never been camping? Afraid of the dark? You’re not alone. Join a state park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park. A ranger will be available at 5:30pm 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 comping in the great outdoors.

Campers must provide their own camping equipment, food and supplies. No camping gear or food is provided for this event. Participants must pre-register for this event by calling (828) 625-9611. Space is limited to 50 campers.

 

Saturday, September 24

Gather around a campfire with a state park ranger to hear some family-friendly Cherokee animal legends followed by bone-chilling ghost stories. Free ooey gooey marshmallows, sweet chocolate, and crunchy graham crackers will be provided for s’mores! Participants should meet in the Meadows just past the Ticket Plaza at 8:30pm.

Sunday, September 25

Take a Child Outside: River Watch!
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Join a park ranger to make a splash as we wade down the Rocky Broad River in search of trout and the creek critters that they feed on. Learn about water quality, the fascinating creatures live below the surface and the basics of fishing. Young children can use nets while older children cast with fishing poles. All supplies including nets, bait and fishing poles will be provided. All ages are welcome.

*Participants should meet behind the Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village. Call (828) 625-1823 for more information. 

Sunday, September 25

Friends Four Seasons Hike: Round Top Mountain
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free to Friends of Chimney Rock State Park Members. Others may attend with a donation.

A short and strenuous 1.5-mile stroll to the summit of Round Top Mountain.  Join a park ranger to trace this spur ridge right into the middle of Hickory Nut Gorge and perfect panoramic views.  Keep checking the ground, too, for unique rock weathering and fresh tracks from our bobcat or coyotes.

The Four Seasons Initiative is a series of guided hikes sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers.  These hikes will take you into areas of the park that are not easily accessible due to public access issues.

Bring lunch and water.  Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed toed shoes. Space is limited.  Call the park office 828-625-1823 to sign up.

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