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Monday, January 1

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

Start the New Year off on the right foot — literally. Join us first thing New Year’s Day for this NC State Park tradition: the First Day Hike. This is the only time during the year that guests can walk, hike, or bike up the 3.2 mile park road.  Motor vehicles are not allowed on the road during this time, and participants will be shuttled back to their cars in Chimney Rock Village before the park opens to the public at 10 am. Helmets are required for cyclists.

Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Registration is not required.

Wednesday, January 17

Passholder Experience: Behind the Elevator
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $11 Adult Annual Passholder, $7 Youth Annual Passholder

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Chimney Rock’s iconic elevator? Join a staff expert on this exclusive tour of the mechanics and history of this NC landmark. The tour will include areas crucial to elevator operation that have never been open to the public. *This event is for Annual Passholder only*

Friday, February 2

19th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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It’s our favorite holiday of the year! Come meet our new groundhogs Potato and Yam as they make their meteorological debut, and find out if it will be an early spring or if this blustery winter is here to stay. Tater and Yammy will also make their picks for the Super Bowl winners.

Can’t make it? This event will be streamed live on our Facebook Page: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Saturday, February 10

Naturalist Niche: Winter Love Birds
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Includes Park admission; $19 Adult; $11 Adult Annual Passholder; $11 Youth (ages 5-15); $7 Youth Annual Passholder
Love is in the air, and Chimney Rock is no exception. Grab someone special (or just your binoculars) and join us for a late winter birding hike where you’ll definitely spy some of our year-round feathered residents (and may see some love birds, too). This beginner-level birding hike is perfect whether you’re a lifelong hobbyist or just put out your first bird feeder.

Wednesday, February 21

Winter Homeschool Day
Time: 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $8 Adult; no charge for Adult Annual Passholder; $12 for youth 5-15; $8 Youth Annual Passholder
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It might be cold outside, but we are always ready for a day of learning and adventure. Students will experience the quiet winter season at Chimney Rock State Park while gaining knowledge about our natural world. As always, we look forward to seeing our wonderful homeschool families and starting 2024 off on the right foot. Program and schedule details can be found here.

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