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Tuesday, January 1 - Wednesday, March 20

Rockin’ Winter Photo Contest
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and tell us about it. 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.


Cost: No additional cost to enter.


The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to promoandevents@chimneyrockpark.com or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

Tuesday, January 1

First Day Hike
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Free

Kickoff a new year at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike. A Park Ranger will lead visitors from the front entrance of the park along the 3-mile main road to the base of the Rock. Hikers will learn about the Park’s fascinating history during their trek. A shuttle service will be provided back to the front gate at the end of the hike. Hike participants can return to the Park for the day at no charge. Hikers should wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water.

Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Advance registration is not required. Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 17

Super Bowl Staples Class at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $20 – $35
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Great food and football games were made for one another. Join Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this two-hour class focused on making the perfect appetizers for your Super Bowl Party. You’ll learn how to make crispy, mouth-watering wings, savory Chili and an amazing dip with homemade chips that’ll impress even the pickiest eater. Samples of each recipe and an adult beverage is included in the price of this class.

Recipes you’ll learn during this class:

Chimney Rock Chili
Old Rock Spinach Dip with homemade chips
Old Rock Wings with homemade Old Rock Buffalo Sauce
Old Rock Blue Cheese Dressin

Cost: $35 per couple or $20 per individual. Advance registration required. Limited to 20 people. Call 828-625-9611 to register.

Saturday, February 2

14th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

Greta the Groundhog waits all year for a chance to predict whether spring will come early or not. Bring the whole family to witness if Greta sees her shadow and this fun event. Following the prediction, stick around for crafts, a guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail or to meet more of our animal ambassadors.

Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17

Valentine’s Day Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Time: Park hours
Cost: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and get one free with our online coupon.

Share an intimate moment with your sweetie on top of the Rock, or better yet, in the Opera Box enjoying expansive views. (We’ve had quite a few proposals in the Park over the years; hint, hint!) Purchase one adult admission ticket and receive a second adult admission ticket free.

Coupon (below) must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase (in print or on your mobile device). Valid February 14-17, 2019.

February weather can be fickle. Be sure to check our website for weather alerts before you visit. If we have inclement weather, the Park may be closed.


Saturday, March 30

Take a Walk in a Park Day
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admisson.

Put down your smart phone and join us for National Take A Walk in a Park Day. Our Naturalist will lead several guided hikes throughout the day, we’ll have Kids in Parks onsite sharing information about their Track Trail Program and Frugal Backpacker sharing tips about packing the perfect hiking bag and choosing the right hiking gear for your adventure.

A portion of Park admission on this day will go to the Kids in Parks program.


Event Schedule

11 am. – Event kicks off with family hike along Hickory Nut Falls trail

11am-2pm- Kids in Parks hosts informational session about Track Trail Program

11am-2pm- Frugal Backpacker “How to Pack a Day Pack” and “Hiking Pole Basics” demonstrations

1-2 pm- Hike with a Doctor from Rutherford Regional Health  along the Great Woodland Adventure trail

Saturday, April 6

Naturalist Niche: Spring Migration Hike
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.

Spring is for the birds! Dozens of species migrate through our area every spring as they head north. Join us to find how many different species you can see and hear that are making their way home. Don’t forget your binoculars. A Park bird list can be found here. This hike is considered easy-to-moderate.

We  love our visitors’ 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. Cost includes Park admission for the day.


Wednesday, April 10

Spring Homeschool Day
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm with optional afternoon activities
Cost: $14 adult admission, no charge for adult annual passholders, $14 youth (ages 5-15) admission and programs, $8 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. Program details can be found online.

Registration required; call (828) 625-9611.

Sunday, April 21

64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service (No Tickets Left)
Time: Gate opens 5am-6am for 6:30am service
Cost: Admission to the Sunrise Service is free. A Ticket is required.

We appreciate your enthusiasm for our Easter Sunrise Service. Unfortunately, all available tickets for parking have been issued. We encourage you to check the ticket link frequently to see if some tickets have been returned. 

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.

5 – 6 am – Gates open for visitors with a ticket

6 am – Gates close for admittance

6:30 – 7am – Easter Sunrise Service

Please Note: Due to limited parking capacity caused by recent heavy rain storms, this year’s Easter event will be ticketed. Rather than cancel the event or alienate guests who come down to the Park in the early morning hours only to be turned away, we are going to issue advance tickets. Tickets are complimentary and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning April 1. The number of tickets are limited. Park a couple of cars in Chimney Rock Village and come into the Park together. A ticket is required. Vehicles can be no larger than a 16-passenger van. Vehicles without a ticket will not be admitted. Only one ticket is allowed per household; even those with a handicapped placard will be required to have a ticket for their vehicle. Tickets will be released at 9am on Monday, April 1. Thanks for your understanding.

A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Old Rock Café following the service for $11.75 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.

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