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Tuesday, January 1 - Wednesday, March 20
Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and tell us about it. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.
Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.
Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.
All entries must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.
Tuesday, January 1
Kickoff a new year at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike. A Park Ranger will lead visitors from the front entrance of the park along the 3-mile main road to the base of the Rock. Hikers will learn about the Park’s fascinating history during their trek. A shuttle service will be provided back to the front gate at the end of the hike. Hike participants can return to the Park for the day at no charge. Hikers should wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water.
Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Advance registration is not required. Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions.
Thursday, January 17
Great food and football games were made for one another. Join Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this two-hour class focused on making the perfect appetizers for your Super Bowl Party. You’ll learn how to make crispy, mouth-watering wings, savory Chili and an amazing dip with homemade chips that’ll impress even the pickiest eater. Samples of each recipe and an adult beverage is included in the price of this class.
Recipes you’ll learn during this class:
Chimney Rock Chili
Old Rock Spinach Dip with homemade chips
Old Rock Wings with homemade Old Rock Buffalo Sauce
Old Rock Blue Cheese Dressin
Cost: $35 per couple or $20 per individual. Advance registration required. Limited to 20 people. Call 828-625-9611 to register.