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Monday, September 23 - Wednesday, November 20

Fall Foliage Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest.  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 or at Old Rock Cafe.


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 September 23 – November 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, November 2

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat.

This hike is considered moderate-to-strenuous.

Advance registration required. Book your ticket below.

Saturday, November 2

An Eye for Fall Color iPhone Photography Class
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: $55 per registrant. Includes Park admission.

The best camera is the camera that you always have with you, so why not learn how to use your iPhone camera better? Join Lynne Buchanan for this half-day class focused on creating wonderful images using your iPhone. You’ll take away some great set of new skills and wonderful shots of fall color.

Lynne Buchanan is an accomplished photographer who specializes in landscapes and water photos. She has taken photos throughout the United States, Iceland, the Falklands, Bangladesh, and Patagonia. Her award-winning photography has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits in museums and galleries.

Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Book your ticket below.

Saturday, November 9 - Monday, November 11

Veteran’s Day Special
Time: Park hours
Cost: Free admission only for military members with ID, not for entire party.

Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, and Chimney Rock would like to honor your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 9-11, 2019. Must present military ID or proof of service.


Saturday, November 16

***SOLD OUT***Llamapalooza for Annual Passholders
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per Rockin' Discovery Passholder

Imagine spending your day with one of Mother Nature’s most quirky and gentle creatures—the llama. From 11 am – 4 pm, Annual Passholders can join one of three guided hikes with these fun-loving companions along the Great Woodland Adventure trail. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

The First Hike on the Great Woodland Adventure trail will be from 11am – 12pm

The Second Hike on the Great Woodland Adventure trail will be from 1pm – 2pm

The Third Hike on the Great Woodland Adventure trail will be from 3pm – 4pm


Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1

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!

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