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Friday, January 15 - Sunday, February 28

Winter Photo Contest – “Nature’s Textures”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Winter can be one of the most beautiful times of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. But if you look closer, beauty can be seen in a lot more than just the views. Intriguing designs and textures of trees and rockfaces can be found all around the Park. Capture a snapshot of one of these designs that appeals to you and enter it in our Winter “Trees & Textures” Photo Contest. 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.



  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021.
    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. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, 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 love at Chimney Rock. 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. Decisions of the judges are final.

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

Saturday, January 16

Winter Night Photography Class
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult or $8 Adult Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Join professional photographer, Buddy Morrison, for this evening, outdoor workshop that focuses on the beauty of the winter’s night sky. This class will discuss and review panoramic shots, types of scenic photography and the equipment needed to make a photo pop. You’ll also have the benefit of enjoying the view of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge after sunset, a rarity that few people have enjoyed.

Workshop attendees are responsible for bringing their own camera and warm clothing for this outdoor, evening photography class. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Book your spot below.

Tuesday, February 2

16th Annual Groundhog Day Virtual Celebration
Time: 8:30am - live stream on our Facebook page
Chimney Rock, NC,
An old-world tradition takes a new world approach. Our family-fun Groundhog Day Celebration will be featured virtually on our Facebook page this year.
Will our resident groundhog, Greta, see her shadow?  Will we have 6 more weeks of winter?  Who will she predict to win the Super Bowl? Tune in at 8:30am on February 2 to find out!

Saturday, February 20

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree Hike
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder; Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

It’s no surprise that recognizing trees without their leaves can be tricky! Bark, twigs and buds are your best tools when familiarizing yourself with our woody friends this time of year. Join naturalist and author Ron Lance to demystify the art of knowing your trees no matter the season. This hike is considered moderate and is more geared for adults.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.


Monday, March 1 - Monday, March 29

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: Mondays in March from 11am - 12pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Spend an hour hiking one of our six different trails with a naturalist. This is educational excursion will give you a better understanding of the flora and fauna that can be found in the Park. You may even learn some of the Park’s history as well.

Saturday, March 13

Naturalist Niche: Early Spring Birding Walk
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Includes Park admission. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Chimney Rock is an amazing spot to see spring migrants as they make their way back from the warmer, sunnier regions.  Make sure you bring your binoculars to get a peek at numerous species traveling north.  Just how many will you add to your list?  A Park bird list can be found here. This hike is considered easy-to-moderate and does require advance registration. Reserve your spot below.

Saturday, April 3 - Sunday, April 11

Spring Break Animal Encounters
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Join a Park Naturalist to meet some of our resident Animal Ambassadors.  Participants will learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important role in the ecosystem.  You might even leave with a newfound appreciation for critters you once misunderstood.

Sunday, April 4

Virtual 65th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Time: 7:00 am - 7:30 am
Cost: Free, live stream on our Facebook page
Chimney Rock, NC,

Please Note: This year’s service will be streamed virtually on our Facebook page. Please tune in at 7 am on April 4 to celebrate our 65th Annual Easter Sunrise Service.

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 western North Carolina.



Saturday, April 10

Beginner “Photos by Phone” Photography Class
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Join professional photographer Buddy Morrison for an interactive session on the basics of smartphone photography. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, you’re sure to take away some great skills from this three-hour class. This photographic odyssey will take you to various spots in the Park, so be prepared to do some moderate hiking.
This class does require advance registration as space is limited. Reserve your spot below.

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