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Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 8

Spring Break Family Fun
Time: 2pm daily
Cost: Included with Park admission

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators 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. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

Sunday, April 1

63rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Time: Gate opens 5am-6am for 7am service (no admission after 6am)
Cost: Admission to the Sunrise Service is free. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the Park all day.

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast. Gates will open from 5am-6am, so that guests can make their way to the top of the Park. This year’s service will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7:30 a.m.

A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Old Rock Café following the service for $10.99 for adults and $6.99 for children under 10; drinks are not included. Guests who would like to return to the Park after breakfast can show their Old Rock receipt and bulletin at the Ticket Plaza to receive free admission for the day.

*Please Note: Due to the large number of guests who attend the service, no one can be admitted through the gate after 6am.

Saturday, April 14

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder; Advance registration required

This walk is a great way to explore some of our more moderate hiking options while learning about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. This hike is considered moderate. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up.  Transportation will be provided.

We  love our visitor’s furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this.

Advance registration is required. Please use the link below to purchase your ticket(s). Cost includes Park admission for the day.


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Wednesday, April 18

Spring Homeschool Day
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm with optional afternoon activities
Cost: $13 adults, no charge annual passholder; $14 youth, $8.50 Rockin' Discovery Passholder

Our annual Spring 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.

Advance registration is required. Please use the link below to register. Cost includes Park admission for the day.


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Saturday, April 21

Earth Day
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years.  Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Cafe, and this event will take place rain or shine.

 

Presenters at this year’s Earth Day include:

Appalachian State University,

Art Easel Rider

Asheville Greenworks

Blue Ridge EVE Club

Conserving Carolina

Civilian Conservation Corps

Chimney Rock Management, LLC.

Earth Shine Nature Programs

City of Hendersonville

Frugal Backpacker

Hands On!

Headwaters Outfitters

Holmes Educational State Forest

Kids in Parks Track Trail

KidSenses Museum

Lake Lure Environmental

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Mineral and Lapidary Museum

National Cave Rescue Commission

NC Arboretum

NC Clean Air

NC State Extension

NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit

Rutherford County Soil & Water Conservation

Weed Action Coalition of Hickory Nut Gorge

Environmental Quality Institute

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