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Saturday, August 1 - Thursday, October 15

The Chimney Rock Challenge
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Are you a hiking enthusiast? Do you enjoy a physical challenge? Or, just enjoy exploring nature? Then you need to take the Chimney Rock Hiking Challenge.

Hiking isn’t just the preferred method of transportation here, it’s a way of life. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park features six different hiking trails that range from moderate to strenuous and offer a plethora of stunning views and a variety of flora and fauna. These trails can take you through enchanted, deciduous forests as you ascend the mountain, to a 404-foot waterfall and to the top of and near unique rock formations. But conquering all these trails isn’t for the faint of heart. There are nearly 6 ½ miles of trails with an increase of 800 feet in elevation. Do you have what it takes to complete the Chimney Rock Challenge?

The rules are pretty simple. Hike at least four of our six trails. Along each trail you hike, take a video of yourself at a distinctive feature while telling us about your experience. Post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us. Use the hashtag #chimneyrockchallenge, private message us your mailing address, and we will send you your Chimney Rock Challenge Button of Honor.

Complete four trails to earn the Bobcat button. Complete all six and you will be awarded the coveted Black Bear button. If you are unable to complete all the trails in one day, you can complete them in multiple day segments between August 1 – September 30. You may also want to take advantage of our Annual Pass which is less than the price of two admission tickets and allows you to visit the Park as much as you want over a 12-month period.

All video submissions must include segments of you on each trail at a recognizable location (example: on the Outcroppings trail, you could do a video segment at Pulpit Rock). In your video, tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and what your experience on this trail has been like. The more creative, the better!

Chimney Rock Challenge Video

See complete rules and details below.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All video entries must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park between August 1, 2020 – October 15, 2020, on at least four of the six different hiking trails in areas accessible to guests.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional videographers.
  2. One entry per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible:
    • Facebook: Like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share your video post on your wall. Tag us (@ChimneyRockParkNC) on your post and use hashtag #ChimneyRockChallenge. Then, send us a private message with your mailing address so we can send you your Chimney Rock Challenge button.
    • Instagram: Follow Chimney Rock State Park and share your video post. Tag us (@ChimneyRockNC) on your post and use hashtag #ChimneyRockChallenge. Then, send us a private message with your mailing address so we can send you your Chimney Rock Challenge button.
  3. Each video entry should be no longer than 60 seconds.
  4. Videos should be taken via smartphones, tablets and other camera devices that meet minimum requirements for uploading to social media.
  5. For entries showing other human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission to use their image.
  6. All video submissions MUST contain only family-friendly content and be taken on designated trails.
  7. Do not violate any of the Park’s rules.
  8. Be creative and have fun!
  9. Recreate responsibly!

Qualified entries may be featured on Chimney Rock’s social media channels and possibly on our website. For more information, call 828-625-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Wednesday, September 16

Fall Homeschool Day
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 Fall 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.

Pre-registration for this event is required. Book your spot below.

Thursday, September 24 - Tuesday, September 29

Take a Child Outside Week – Guided Hike
Time: 3pm guided hike
Cost: Receive one free youth admission with every full paid adult admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week by joining a Park Naturalist for an interactive hike on the Park’s most family-friendly trail. Kids of all ages will love exploring the Great Woodland Adventure Trail to discover what animals call Chimney Rock home. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. This program is open to all ages. Hikes will be daily at 3pm and are included with Park admission. One child’s admission is free, with one paid adult admission. Meet at the Animal Discovery Den at 2:45pm.

 

Saturday, September 26

Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to our 12th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am. Click here to see what birds you might see during your hike.

Saturday, September 26

12th Annual Flock to the Rock
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Join us for one of our most popular annual events, Flock to the Rock.  This event will have fun, family-friendly birding activities, such as our Bird of Prey programs, education display tables, hawk watches, and guided bird walks. See the schedule and details listed below.

7:30am – 10:00am – Early Bird Walk – The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to our 12th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 10am. Click here to see what birds you might see during your hike.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Click here to register.

10am – Birding activity and information tables open on the Outcroppings Deck. Stop by the Outcroppings Deck to learn more about birds that can be found here in Hickory Nut Gorge and our surrounding area during this time of year. There will be activities for the entire family.

10:30am – Beginner Bird Walk – Has 2020 had you and the kids watching the birds? Many people are spending more time outdoors with their families, and it’s a great time to start a new hobby. This pre-registered hike is perfect for all ages.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Click here to register.

12:00pm – Radical Raptors – Birds of prey have always fascinated us and are the origin of many legends. Realizing the importance of these predators, and sometimes prey, will help you understand the role they play in our ecosystem. Meet a couple of our special animal ambassadors to see the incredible characteristics of these beautiful creatures.

1pm – 3pm – Hawk Watch on the Chimney – September is prime migration season for birds in this part of the world. Stop by the Chimney to see which ones are flying through. Kevin Burke, with Ventures Birding, will be helping identify these species passing through.

2pm – Radical Raptors – Birds of prey have always fascinated us and are the origin of many legends. Realizing the importance of these predators, and sometimes prey, will help you understand the role they play in our ecosystem. Meet a couple of our special animal ambassadors to see the incredible characteristics of these beautiful creatures.

3pm – Family Hike – Join a Park Naturalist for an interactive hike on our most family-friendly trail. Kids of all ages will love exploring the Great Woodland Adventure Trail to discover what animals call Chimney Rock home. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. This program is open to all ages.

Saturday, September 26

Beginner Bird Walk
Time: 10:30 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,

Has 2020 had you and the kids watching the birds? Many people are spending more time outdoors with their families, and it’s a great time to start a new hobby. This pre-registered hike is perfect for all ages.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Reserve your spot below.

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