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Tuesday, January 1 - Wednesday, March 20

Rockin’ Winter Photo Contest
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe 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 promoandevents@chimneyrockpark.com or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

Saturday, February 2

14th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

Greta the Groundhog waits all year for a chance to predict whether spring will come early or not. Bring the whole family to witness if Greta sees her shadow and this fun event. Following the prediction, stick around for crafts, a guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail or to meet more of our animal ambassadors.

Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17

Valentine’s Day Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Time: Park hours
Cost: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and get one free with our online coupon.

Share an intimate moment with your sweetie on top of the Rock, or better yet, in the Opera Box enjoying expansive views. (We’ve had quite a few proposals in the Park over the years; hint, hint!) Purchase one adult admission ticket and receive a second adult admission ticket free.

Coupon (below) must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase (in print or on your mobile device). Valid February 14-17, 2019.

February weather can be fickle. Be sure to check our website for weather alerts before you visit. If we have inclement weather, the Park may be closed.


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