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Wednesday, January 1

First Day Hike
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike!
A Park Ranger will lead an informative discussion about the park’s history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that’s free to participants!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café at 8:00 a.m.
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top.
The park will provide shuttle transportation back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village by 10:00 a.m.
Hike participants can return to the Park for the same day at no charge.

State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America’s state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America’s state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.
State parks are a “close to home” resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.

Bring plenty of drinking water, clothing suited to the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
This hike will be moderately strenuous up hill along a paved surface.

Advanced registration is not required.  Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions

Start Location: 

Meet at the Old Rock Café

Hike Length and Difficulty: 

Moderate 3-mile
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