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Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7

Labor Day Weekend Family Animal Encounters
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.

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.

Saturday, September 19

Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast
Time: Gate opens at 6am for 7:15 am sunrise. Breakfast served 6:30 - 8:30am.
Chimney Rock, NC,

There’s really nothing like watching the sunrise over Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge, so we’re opening an early special event just for our Annual Passholders. We’ll also serve up a yummy breakfast and hot coffee from Old Rock Cafe. Afterward, guests are welcome to head out on the trails and take some photos of the waterfall or the views from Exclamation Point. This event is exclusively for annual passholders only. If you would like to become an annual passholder click here.

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 Western North Carolina’s most popular annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos, and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds! This event has something for everyone in the family.

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