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Thursday, June 1 - Thursday, August 31

Summer Animal Encounters
Time: Weekdays only at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Do you know our staff has a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn about the types of wildlife in the area and their jobs. Some of our best educators have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Saturday, July 1 - Thursday, August 31

Summer Photo Contest: “Summer Trails”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Summer is the busiest hiking season of the year, and we’re continuing our celebration of NC State Parks’ Year of the Trail accordingly. Send us your best shots from your summer adventures on the trails. You may even win a prize!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

1st Prize: The winning photo will be our Facebook cover photo for two weeks, and the photographer will receive two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and lunch for four at the Old Rock Café.

2nd Prize: After the first place photo, the second place photo will be our Facebook cover photo for one week. The photographer will receive one annual pass to Chimney Rock State Park and lunch for two at the Old Rock Café.

3rd Prize: The third place photographer will receive two adult day passes (or one family pack of day passes) to Chimney Rock State Park and lunch for two at the Old Rock Café.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between July 1, 2023- August 31, 2023.
    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:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to communications@chimneyrockpark.com.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption, 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 the theme. 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. Winners will be chosen by a team of Chimney Rock staff. Decisions regarding winners are final.

Winners will be notified personally and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media. For more information, call 1-828-625-9611, ext. 1812 or email us at communications@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, July 15

Whimsical Woods Family Adventure
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission and dinner: $35 Adult, $25 Adult Annual Pasholder, $20 Youth (ages 5-15), $14 Rockin' Discover Passholder. Advance Registration Required.
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Spend an enchanted evening at Chimney Rock. Experience the Park after the gates have closed as our friends from Street Creature Puppets lead a workshop on building lanterns from recycled materials. Enjoy a catered cookout from the Old Rock Cafe, then use the lantern you created to join in as they bring the evening forest to life with a magical puppet parade.

Saturday, July 22

Naturalist Niche: Falls and Ferns
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Includes Park admission: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance Registration Required.
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Have you ever wondered exactly which varieties of fern line your path as you explore the Park? What role do they play among other plant species in Hickory Nut Gorge? Join a naturalist and hike to Hickory Nut Falls through a fern-filled forest, then learn more about our famous waterfall itself.

Saturday, July 29

World Ranger Celebration
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Join us as we celebrate World Ranger Day! Our Park Rangers work hard to keep our parks and public lands open, safe, and accessible for all. Did you know that many Rangers are also firefighters, EMTs, police officers, and more? Meet a Park Ranger and learn what it takes to do their job at this educational touch-a-truck style program.

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