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Wednesday, June 1 - Wednesday, August 31

Summer Animal Encounters
Time: Weekdays only at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Thursday, June 2

Seasonal Paint and Sip Series
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Jump into summer with the second installment of Chimney Rock’s brand new wine and design-style paint series. Join a professional local artist and celebrate NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree by creating your own beautiful summer tree portrait. Classes will be held at the Old Rock Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase local craft beer & wine as well as appetizers.

Saturday, June 11

National Get Outdoors Day
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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This national holiday celebrates our favorite thing to do… get outdoors! Stop by the Park to hit the trails and explore the discovery stations created by our naturalist staff and State Park Rangers. Find every station and collect stamps from each one to receive a prize from the gift shop after your adventure. Our friends Fox Mountain Guides will be on-site offering rock climbing tasters. Plus, stick around for a program at 2pm with our live animal ambassadors. Mark your calendars for this fun, interactive event!

Saturday, June 11

A Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Annual Passholder, $10 for Rockin' Discovery Passholders. Advance registration required.
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Enjoy exclusive access to the Park after hours and watch dusk settle over Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The Old Rock Cafe will provide heavy hors d-ourves, the Gorge will provide its trademark natural beauty, and your fellow annual passholders will provide an evening of fun conversation. Don’t miss one of the favorite passholder-exclusive events of the year.

Friday, June 17

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, June 18

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The June event will feature musician Ansel Couch and will support Rutherford Outdoor Coalition.

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Saturday, June 25

Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a local birding expert for a hike through a bird watcher’s paradise, Chimney Rock State Park. Whether you’re a lifelong birder or just getting started with America’s fastest-growing hobby, summer is a great time to spot some of our local and migrating species.

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