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Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30

Spring “Blooms & Blossoms” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Wildflowers blooming are an indication that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner. This is the perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful images of spring blooms around your home and enter them into our “Blooms & Blossoms” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos for our contests are usually required to be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park, however, given the current circumstances of COVID-19, we are now changing this rule to allow photos to be taken from your backyard or around your home.



  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken by the participant around their home between April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:

    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then send us a private message with your photo, name, contact info and a brief caption (25-75 words) about your photo.
    • 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 to visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  4. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  5. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme of the contest: “Blooms & Blossoms”. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  6. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  7. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 828-625-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Monday, April 6 - Sunday, April 19

Spring Break Family Animal Encounters ***Canceled***
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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.

Saturday, April 11

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers Walk ***Canceled***
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate guided hike will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. The journey will take you along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and down the Four Seasons Trail.

Sunday, April 12

65th Annual Easter Sunrise Service – ***Canceled***
Time: 5:30 am - 7:00 am
Cost: Free, but does require pre-registration
Chimney Rock, NC,

***NC Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that any gathering of more than 100 people be postponed or cancelled to minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 transmission at these events. NC State Parks has decided to cancel all State Park sponsored events through April 30th.  Unfortunately, our Easter Sunrise Service falls within this timeframe.

We are saddened that we will not be able to host this traditional event, but the health and safety of the general public is our upmost concern.

At this point, the Park will continue to remain open during its regular hours of operation. We will be monitoring this rapidly changing scenario with its many unknowns and will make changes as deemed necessary. Please check our website for updates as more information becomes available.***

For the past 65 years, Chimney Rock has hosted an annual sunrise service every Easter Sunday in the parking lot at the base of the Chimney overlooking Lake Lure. This year, due to a major construction project that is taking place on the upper parking lot, the service will be moved down the mountain to the Meadows area, just past the Ticket Plaza. The sunrise will still be visible from this location, but the view of Lake Lure will not.

5:30 – 6:15 am – Gates open for visitors with a reserved parking pass

6:15 am – Gates close for admittance

6:30 – 7am – Easter Sunrise Service

After the service, you are welcome to bring your pass or bulletin back to receive complimentary admission when the Park opens at 8:30am. If you are hungry, we will be serving an early breakfast immediately after the service at the Old Rock Cafe near the entrance of the Park.


Saturday, April 18

Chimney Rock, NC,

Join professional photographer Buddy Morrison for an interactive session on the basics of smartphone photography. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, you’re sure to take away some great skills from this three-hour class. This photographic odyssey will take you to various spots in the Park, so be prepared to do some moderate hiking.

Wednesday, April 22

Spring Homeschool Day ***Canceled***
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm with optional afternoon activities
Cost: $14 adult admission, no charge for adult annual passholders, $14 youth (ages 5-15) admission, $8 Rockin’ Discovery passholder.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Our annual Spring Homeschool Day is a wonderful way to start the warmer season with a day full of learning. Programs are designed to meet the curriculum needs and interests of your students. Morning Programs are from 9:30am – 12:30pm, some afternoon times will also be available and may vary based on demand. Program details can be found online.

Saturday, April 25

Chimney Rock, NC,

What’s a llama’s favorite drink? “Llamanade.” What do llamas reply when you say thank you? “No probLlama.”
These humorous, camel-like creatures are so funny and unique. They bring joy and laughter to just about any situation. Imagine hiking with one of these wooly companions. At Llamapalooza, you’ll have a chance to escort llamas on one of four hikes along the Park’s half-mile Great Woodland Adventure loop trail.

10am – 11am – First Hike

11:30am – 12:30pm – Second Hike

1pm – 2pm – Third Hike

2:30pm –  3:30pm – Fourth Hike

During your excursion, you will learn more about the llamas and pose with them for fun photo ops. This event is exclusively for annual passholders and all attendees must be annual passholders. If you are not an annual passholder and would like to become one, you can purchase an annual pass here.

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