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Wednesday, March 20 - Thursday, June 20

Shades of Spring Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Wildflowers springing from the ground  are a sign that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Shades of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes.  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.


First Place – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours

Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

People’s Choice – Selected by our Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of our Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of our Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.


  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between March 20 – June 20, 2019.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    1. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of a face of Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced at and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at

Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5

Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout
Time: 9:30am Saturday - 9am Sunday
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper.

Scouts have explored and investigated Chimney Rock for decades. Our annual Spring Boy Scout Day is one of the best ways to see all that the Park has to offer. Enjoy morning programs, optional afternoon activities and the rare opportunity to spend the night beneath the stars with other scouts.

Visit our website for detailed program information. Call 828.625.9611 to register. Registration closes April 28 and is limited to 150 scouts.


Thursday, May 9

Beyond Basic Burgers at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $50 per couple; $30 per individual

Ground beef isn’t the only meat you can use to make the perfect burger. Join Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this two-hour class focused on using non-traditional meats like ground elk, duck and boar to create burgers your guests won’t forget. You’ll also learn how to Old Rock Onion Rings, fries and aioli.  Come hungry, because you’ll get more than just a sample of each dish and a glass of soda or craft beer or wine as part of this class. Call 828-625-9611 to register.

Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day Weekend Special
Time: Park hours
Cost: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with our online coupon.

Moms will do anything for their children. Why not return the love by treating your mom to a beautiful day at Chimney Rock to enjoy a wonderful hike with stunning views?

Coupon (below) must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase (in print or on your mobile device). Valid May 11-12, 2019 only.



Thursday, May 16

Music on Deck with Kirk Gollwitzer at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: Music included with purchase of dinner.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Enjoy views of the Rocky Broad River and local acoustic music by Kirk Gollwitzer from Tryon, NC, while relishing the taste of specially-crafted buffet items inspired by the region.

Here’s our Grillin’ and Chillin’ Buffet Menu:

  • BBQ Chicken Pizza w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce
  • Crudité’s w/ Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Ranch Dip
  • Baby Back ribs w/ Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce
  • Chipotle-Lime Grilled Tenderloin
  • Ginger and Chili Grilled Shrimp
  • Grilled Asparagus w/ Caper Salsa
  • Grilled Corn w/ Cilantro-Lime Butter and Cotija Cheese
  • Roasted Potatoes w/ Rosemary and Garlic
  • Watermelon Feta and Mint Salad w/ Balsamic Reduction
  • Banana Pudding
  • Strawberry Shortcake

***Vegan option available upon request.

Buffet cost: $16.95

Saturday, May 18

Spring Annual Passholder Breakfast
Time: Gates open at 5:30am for 6:30am Sunrise. Trails will open at 7am to guests.
Cost: $6 per passholder; $4 per Rockin' Discovery Kid; Free for kids 4 and under

We consider our Annual Passholders family. That’s why we’re opening the Park early, so that they can enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast prepared by Chef Randall Spencer of Old Rock Café as the sun rises over Lake Lure. Afterwards, passholders are welcome to head out on the Outcropping and Hickory Nut Falls trails before the Park opens to the general public.

Advance registration is required. Please use the link below to register. You must show your pass at the gate. New Passholders are welcome; purchase an annual pass for less than the cost of two regular visits at the Park today.  Registration closes on Wednesday, May 15. 

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19

Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout
Time: 9:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper.

Troops of all ages will enjoy our annual Spring Girl Scout Day. Your scouts will love the hands-on morning programs, adventurous afternoon activities and the incredible opportunity to camp overnight in the Park.

More information on programs and activities can be found on our website. Call 828.625.9611 to register. Registration closes May 15 and is limited to 150 scouts.

Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Time: Park hours
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

Memorial Day is often thought of as the kickoff to summer fun, and Chimney Rock has all the activities to make that happen. Saturday through Monday your family can enjoy exploring the Park’s trails and visiting with our Animal Educators in the Animal Discovery Den.

Saturday, May 25

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Due to forecasted inclement weather on Saturday, May 11, this event has been resceduled for Saturday, May 25 from 9:30-12:30pm.

Treat mom to a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. This hike is considered moderate. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up. Transportation will be provided.

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