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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.

GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS:

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.

CONTEST RULES:

  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 visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    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 chimneyrockpark.com and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 30

Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm daily
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Program held daily at 2pm on the Outcroppings Deck. Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday, June 1

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or an early dinner at Old Rock Cafe and support Conserving Carolina, a nonprofit that helps protect land across Western North Carolina and here in the Gorge. A portion of proceeds from each meal sold will be donated to Conserving Carolina.

Saturday, June 1

A Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 Annual Passholder, $5 for Rockin’ Discovery Passholders.

The Hickory Nut Gorge is home to iconic landmarks like Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, but did you know it’s also host to an assortment of locally-crafted foods and drinks? Enjoy an intimate evening celebrating the Gorge’s natural features and locally-made gourmet appetizers by the Old Rock Cafe, artisanal cheese made by The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, craft beer  from Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery and wine from Burntshirt Vineyards as the sun sinks behind the mountains.

What’s on the menu?

From The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
Shrimp & grits spring rolls
House-made cheese and charcuterie with cracks
House-made truffles

From Old Rock Cafe
Mini crab cakes topped with Cajun remoulade and micro greens
Tortellini skewers with a pesto vinaigrette
Bison sliders with bacon onion jam and caramelized onions

From Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery

Pours of two of the brewery’s flagship beers.

From Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro – Chimney Rock
Tastings of Rock Bottom Red and Lake Lure White Blend

Call 828-625-9611 to register. Preregistration is required. Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 28.

Saturday, June 8

Naturalist Niche: Watershed Hike
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder.

Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. A common question we often get from Park guests is “where does the water come from.” This hike offers the rare opportunity to explore the origination of the feeder creek, Fall Creek, and follow it as it leads to the upper cascades of this beautiful waterfall. This hike is considered strenuous.

Call 828-625-9611, ext. 1810 to register.

Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16

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

Celebrate dad and all he’s done for you with a getaway to Chimney Rock to enjoy incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We’ll even make it easy for you–buy one regular-price adult admission and dad’s or granddad’s admission is free with our online coupon.

Coupon (below) must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase (in print or on your mobile device). Valid June 15-16, 2019 only.  

 

Thursday, June 20

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Enjoy views of the Rocky Broad River and local acoustic music from Riyen Roots while relishing the taste of specially-crafted buffet items inspired by the region.

Grillin’ and Chillin Buffet

Starters:
• Crab Pizza
• Steamed Mussels in Tomato Broth

Main Course
• Seafood Alfredo with Fresh Herbs
• Broiled Trout with Lemon Butter
• Tenderloin Steak Pizzaiola
• Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
• Honey-glazed Carrots
• Bacon Maple-glazed Brussel Sprouts
• Avocado and Tomato Salad

Dessert
• Apple Brown Betty
• Peach cobbler

Friday, June 21 - Sunday, September 22

Summer Fun Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Summer is all about outdoor fun, spending quality time together as a family and taking in the wonderful sights of nature. Submit your photos of your family hiking, sunlight making its way through the trees or of the fantastic views that make Chimney Rock so special. 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.

GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS:

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.

CONTEST RULES:

  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 June 21 – September 22, 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 visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    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 chimneyrockpark.com and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

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