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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.

Friday, October 2

Guided Hike for Annual Passholders – Skyline Excursion
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Must be an Annual Passholder to participate. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

On October 2, we will be offering a special guided hike for our Annual Passholders. Join one of our Park Naturalists on an in-depth exploration of the Skyline trail. Learn about the unique flora and fauna that can be found along this trail. This hike is considered moderate-to-strenuous and is limited in capacity. Advance registration is required. You must be a current Annual Passholder to participate. Reserve your spot below.

Saturday, October 3

Naturalist Niche: Fall Birding Walk
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Fall bird migration is an active time in the North Carolina mountains. It is here that migratory birds are preparing to journey south to their wintering grounds in the Southeastern U.S., Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This makes Chimney Rock a great hotspot to catch a glimpse of a lot of northern birds before their mass, seasonal exodus. Join a local birding expert during this two-hour excursion to locate and identify some of these “snowbirds”.

Saturday, October 3 - Saturday, October 31

Fall Family Animal Encounters
Time: Every Saturday in October from 10:30 - 11am
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, October 3

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Wednesday, October 7 - Wednesday, October 28

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: Every Wednesday in October from 11am - 12pm
Cost: Included with Park admission
Chimney Rock, NC,

Spend an hour hiking the Hickory Nut Falls trail with a Park naturalist. This educational excursion will give you a better understanding of the flora and fauna that can be found here in the Park. You may even learn some of the Park’s history as well. This hike is included with Park admission. To attend, meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop (by the elevator entrance) shortly before 11am.

Saturday, October 10

Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast
Time: Gate opens at 6:30am for 7:30 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, October 10

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, November 15

Fall “Find Your Color” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
Chimney Rock, NC,

It’s during this time of year that the mountains explode with color. Capture photos of the fall season and enter them into our “Find Your Color” 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.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  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 January 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020.
    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 visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    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 love at 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 on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, October 17

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Saturday, October 24

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

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