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Monday, June 3 - Friday, August 16

Summer Animal Encounters
Time: Weekdays only at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.

Did you know some of our favorite team members have feathers, fur, or scales? Come meet them and their naturalist counterparts during our Summer Animal Encounters. See live animal ambassadors and learn about the roles they play in our native ecosystem every weekday at 2pm on the Outcroppings Deck.

Monday, July 1 - Saturday, August 31

Summer Photo Contest: Different View
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.

We’ve seen some incredible photos of the views at Chimney Rock over the years, and we’re excited to see more. Pack your cameras for your trip to the park and send us your best snapshots of Chimney Rock’s iconic views. Even better, seek out a view that we don’t always see. The more creative, the better! See full contest details below.


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.


  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between January 1, 2023 – February 28, 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:
    1. E-mail: You may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected].
    2. Facebook: Send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
  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 [email protected].


Saturday, July 13

Naturalist Niche: Geology Hike
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Includes Park admission: $25 Adult, $11 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $9 Youth Annual Passholder

Thousands of people stand on top of Chimney Rock each year, but do you know what kind of rock it’s made of? What about the surrounding cliffs in Hickory Nut Gorge? What do you know about Gneiss Cave? Join a naturalist for a moderate hike and learn more about the geology of this unique area.

Wednesday, July 24 - Thursday, July 25

Summer Homeschool Day and Family Campout
Time: 9:30am Wednesday - 9am Thursday
Cost: $14 Adult (Park admission), no charge for Adult Annual Passholders; $16 Yout (ages 5-15), $10 Youth Annual Passholder. Camping is $10 per person.

Fun and learning at Chimney Rock continues all year! Join us for our first ever Summer Homeschool Day and experience a day of hands-on educational programs and exploration in the park. Plus, keep the fun going by camping out under the stars in the Meadows area of the park. We can’t wait to spend time with our homeschool families!

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