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Saturday, January 1 - Monday, February 28

Winter Photo Contest – “Winter Trees”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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It’s the Year of the Tree in North Carolina State Parks, and we are encouraging guests to celebrate trees all year long! Start off in the winter months while branches are bare and capture some unique tree shapes or the beauty of frosty evergreens. You may win a prize for your efforts!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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, two boat tour tickets from Lake Lure Tours, and dinner for two 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 two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner 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 dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between January 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022.
    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:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to communications@chimneyrockpark.com.
  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. Finalists will be chosen by Chimney Rock staff and the winner will be voted on by the public. 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 communications@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, January 1

First Day Hike
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Free
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Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike! A Park Ranger will offer an informative discussion about the Park’s history while the group strolls, hikes or bikes up to the 3.2-mile entrance road. Usually restricted to motor vehicle traffic only, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that’s free to participants!

Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Registration is not required. Please visit North Carolina State Park website for additional information.

Saturday, January 1 - Sunday, January 2

Winter Break Animal Encounters
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.

Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Saturday, January 15

Naturalist Niche: Winter Birding
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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The calm and quiet winter forest offers the perfect setting for spotting feathered friends. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just discovering this fast-growing hobby, come ready to see the stunning views the bare trees allow for our winter residents of the Park on this guided walk with a local bird expert.

Saturday, January 15

Mindfulness Series: New Beginnings
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join Namaste in Nature for a reflective meditation walk. De-stress during this peaceful hike focused on reconnecting with nature and yourself. This winter mindfulness experience will focus on the new beginnings offered by a new year.

Wednesday, February 2

17th Annual Virtual Groundhog Day Celebration
Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Free
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Join Chimney Rock’s naturalist and our favorite NC rodent virtually to find out if spring is coming early or if we have six more weeks of winter. Join us on Facebook Live at 10am or tune in at 10:30am on our YouTube channel to see our resident groundhog, Pumpkin, make his debut prediction!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChimneyRockParkNC

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChimneyRockNC

*Teachers without access to Facebook or YouTube in the classroom can contact communications@chimneyrockpark.com for the video.

Saturday, February 5

Night Sky Photography Class
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Experience the beauty of the Park after sunset as you learn from professional photographer Buddy Morrison how to capture the stunning clarity 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 night 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 get to enjoy.

Workshop attendees are responsible for bringing their own camera and warm clothing for this outdoor photography class.

Saturday, February 12

Mindfulness Series: Love and Warmth
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join Namaste in Nature for a reflective meditation walk in the Park. De-stress during this peaceful hike focused on reconnecting with nature and yourself. Bring your partner or a friend and enjoy this mindfulness experience focused on the season of love and warmth.

Wednesday, February 16

2022 Winter Homeschool Day
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Put on your winter jackets, gloves, hats and join us for Chimney Rock’s Winter Homeschool Day. Nature is pure magic in the winter and it’s a time when we generally don’t explore the world around us. Come observe the quiet and stillness of the Park during this slower season. We are not going to let a little cold weather slow us down!

Click here for program information.

Registration closes February 11, 2022.

 

Saturday, February 19

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID Hike
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Keep celebrating NC State Parks Year of the Tree season after season. Trees may be tricky to identify in the winter without their foliage, but you can learn to differentiate them by their bark, twigs and buds. Enjoy stunning winter Park views as a Chimney Rock naturalist shows you the tricks of the trade. 

Thursday, March 3

Seasonal Paint and Sip
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Say hello to spring with the first installment of Chimney Rock’s brand new wine and design style paint series. Join a professional local artist and celebrate NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree by creating your own beautiful spring tree portrait. Classes will be held at the Old Rock Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase local craft beer & wine as well as appetizers.

Saturday, March 5

Llamapalooza for Annual Passholders
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $10 per Adult Annual Passholder; $5 per Rockin’ Discovery passholder. Passholders will be asked to show their annual passes at the Ticket Plaza when they arrive.
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Why don’t llamas like to sing with backup music? “They prefer to sing alpacapella.”
What’s a llama’s favorite drink? “Llamanade.”
What do llamas say when they meet someone new? “Fleeced to meet you!”

Imagine hiking with one of these wooly, camel-like companions. At Llamapalooza, you’ll have a chance to escort llamas on a hike along the Parks’ half-mile Great Woodland Adventure loop trail. During your excursion, you will learn more about the llamas and pose with them for fun photo ops. This event is exclusively for annual passholders.

 

Monday, March 7 - Monday, March 28

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: Mondays in March from 11am to 12pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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Spend an hour hiking one of the Parks’ six trails with a naturalist. Watch the transformation from winter to spring on this educational excursion. You may even learn some of the Parks’ history as well. Meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Saturday, March 12

Mindfulness Series: Awakening **CANCELED**
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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As the seasons change, awaken your senses to the natural world around you on this guided meditation experience with Namaste in Nature. De-stress during this peaceful hike focused on reconnecting with nature and yourself. This mindfulness experience will be centered on awakening.

Saturday, March 26

Naturalist Niche: Spring Birding Walk
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Scope out spring migratory species from our spot on the NC Birding Trail as they make their way back from their winter hideaways in sunnier regions. Bring your binoculars to get a peek at numerous species traveling north through the Park.  Just how many will you add to your list?

Friday, April 1 - Tuesday, May 31

Spring Photo Contest – “Trees in Bloom”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree continues with a celebration of spring trees. Break out your camera and capture the transformation of trees from winter to spring as they show off their gorgeous blooms throughout the next few months. You may even win a prize for your efforts!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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, two boat tour tickets from Lake Lure Tours, and dinner for two 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 two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner 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 dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between April 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022.
    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:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to communications@chimneyrockpark.com.
  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. Finalists will be chosen by Chimney Rock staff and the winner will be voted on by the public. 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 communications@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, April 9

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers Walk
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Hickory Nut Gorge comes alive in the spring as wildflowers emerge along the trails.  Join a Park naturalist on this moderate hike and learn to spot and identify these spring blooms. The journey will take you along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and down the Four Seasons Trail. Transportation will be provided back to the top lot.

Friday, April 15

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

 

Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 24

Spring Break Animal Encounters
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Sunday, April 17

66th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Time: 6:30 am - 7:00 am
Cost: This event has no cost but registration is required.

**All passes have been reserved**

There are no more parking passes available for the 66th Annual Easter Sunrise Service but you can still catch the service and watch the sunrise over the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge virtually. Join us on our Facebook page at 6:30am on Sunday, April 17th for a live stream of the service. If you miss the live stream, you can watch it later on our YouTube Channel.

 

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in western North Carolina. The event is free but reservations are required.

Schedule:

5:15 – 6:00 am – Gates open for visitors with a reserved parking pass

6:00 am – Gates close for admittance

6:30 – 7am – Easter Sunrise Service

The trails will open following the service. If you are hungry, we will be serving an early breakfast immediately after the service at the Old Rock Café near the entrance of the Park.

Please Note: The parking is limited, so attendees will be required to reserve a parking pass in advance in order to attend the service. The parking pass is complimentary and will be available on our website starting on March 1st, 2022.  Carpooling is recommended. Vehicles can be no larger than a 16-passenger van.

Saturday, April 23

Nature at Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a Park naturalist on the Hickory Nut Falls trail, and watch as the Park comes alive under the shadow of darkness. Do you know whether that’s a frog or a toad calling from the undergrowth? What birds and mammals prefer the dark to the daylight? Get ready to learn more about the Park’s rarely-seen residents.

Wednesday, April 27

Spring Homeschool Day
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm, afternoon options begin at 1:30pm
Cost: $14 Adults (Park admission), no charge for Adult Annual Passholder; $14 Youth (ages 5-15), $8 Rockin' Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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**SOLD OUT**

Chimney Rock’s Spring Homeschool Day is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the beauty of spring! Join our education team for programs created to peak your student’s interest in the natural world around us. After morning activities conclude, hang out for a fun-filled afternoon in the Park with plenty of ways to expand your experience.

Click here to learn more about this program.

Registration closes April 22, 2022.

 

Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1

Spring Boy Scout Day and Campout
Time: 9:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper.
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Don’t miss the only chance for Boy Scouts to camp under the stars at Chimney Rock. Gather your troop and get ready for an action-packed weekend of exploration in the Park. New friends and new experiences await.

For questions and booking contact Groups@ChimneyRockPark.com

Saturday, May 7

Naturalist Niche: Ecology of Chimney Rock
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Begin your ecological journey with a class taught by a local naturalist to learn about the fascinating biodiversity of Hickory Nut Gorge.  After your educational morning session ends, the ecology comes alive as you set out to explore the mountain with a guide and see it for yourself. 

Friday, May 13

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15

Spring Girl Scout Day and Campout
Time: 9:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper. Advance registration required.
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**SOLD OUT**

Looking for a weekend of exploration and excitement for your troop? Look no further than our biggest scout event of the year! Pack your camping gear and get ready for hands-on programs and a night under the stars.

For questions contact Groups@ChimneyRockPark.com

 

Saturday, May 21

Nature at Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a Park naturalist on the Hickory Nut Falls trail, and watch as the Park comes alive under the shadow of darkness. Do you know whether that’s a frog or a toad calling from the undergrowth? What birds and mammals prefer the dark to the daylight? Get ready to learn more about the Park’s rarely-seen residents.

Wednesday, June 1 - Wednesday, August 31

Summer Animal Encounters
Time: Weekdays only at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Thursday, June 2

Seasonal Paint and Sip Series
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Jump into summer with the second installment of Chimney Rock’s brand new wine and design-style paint series. Join a professional local artist and celebrate NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree by creating your own beautiful summer tree portrait. Classes will be held at the Old Rock Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase local craft beer & wine as well as appetizers.

Saturday, June 11

National Get Outdoors Day
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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This national holiday celebrates our favorite thing to do… get outdoors! Stop by the Park to hit the trails and explore the discovery stations created by our naturalist staff and State Park Rangers. Find every station and collect stamps from each one to receive a prize from the gift shop after your adventure. Our friends Fox Mountain Guides will be on-site offering rock climbing tasters. Plus, stick around for a program at 2pm with our live animal ambassadors. Mark your calendars for this fun, interactive event!

Saturday, June 11

A Gorge-ous Evening Out for Annual Passholders
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Annual Passholder, $10 for Rockin' Discovery Passholders. Advance registration required.
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Enjoy exclusive access to the Park after hours and watch dusk settle over Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The Old Rock Cafe will provide heavy hors d-ourves, the Gorge will provide its trademark natural beauty, and your fellow annual passholders will provide an evening of fun conversation. Don’t miss one of the favorite passholder-exclusive events of the year.

Friday, June 17

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, June 18

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The June event will feature musician Ansel Couch and will support Rutherford Outdoor Coalition.

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Saturday, June 25

Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a local birding expert for a hike through a bird watcher’s paradise, Chimney Rock State Park. Whether you’re a lifelong birder or just getting started with America’s fastest-growing hobby, summer is a great time to spot some of our local and migrating species.

Friday, July 1 - Wednesday, August 31

Summer Photo Contest – “Trees with a View”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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As the bright green leaves darken to their summer colors, we are continuing our celebration of NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree. Whether we always notice them or not, trees are a part of every famous view at Chimney Rock. For our summer photo contest, get creative by shooting “Trees with a View.” Maybe you’ll spot a poplar overlooking a view of Lake Lure or a majestic maple on the Skyline Trail. Send us your best shots for a chance to win a prize.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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, two boat tour tickets from Lake Lure Tours, and dinner for two 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 two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner 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 dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022.
    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:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to communications@chimneyrockpark.com.
  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. Finalists will be chosen by Chimney Rock staff and the winner will be voted on by the public. 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 communications@chimneyrockpark.com.

Friday, July 15

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.

Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure.

Saturday, July 16

Naturalist Niche: Old Growth Hike
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Go off the beaten path and explore a rarely-seen area of Chimney Rock. Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge, and one of those small areas is right here in the Park. This moderate hike rambles through an area typically not open to the public in order to introduce participants to characteristics of old growth forests and native trees.

Saturday, July 16

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The July event will feature musician Walter Finley and will support the Chimney Rock Village CDA.

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Friday, August 12

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, August 20

Naturalist Niche: Survival Skills
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Have you ever wanted to put your  inner-survivalist to the test? This workshop will engage participants by showing them how to handle the “what-ifs” in the outdoors.

Saturday, August 20

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The August event will feature musician Mike Pauer and support Conserving Carolina.

 

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Saturday, August 27

Nature at Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a Park naturalist on the Hickory Nut Falls trail, and watch as the Park comes alive under the shadow of darkness. Do you know whether that’s a frog or a toad calling from the undergrowth? What birds and mammals prefer the dark to the daylight? Get ready to learn more about the Park’s rarely-seen residents.

Thursday, September 1

Seasonal Paint and Sip Series
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Fall into the season with the third installment of Chimney Rock’s brand new wine and design-style paint series. Join a professional local artist and celebrate NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree by creating your own beautiful portrait of the transforming autumn trees. Classes will be held at the Old Rock Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase local craft beer & wine as well as appetizers.

Friday, September 9

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice for all levels of expertise. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, September 17

Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Includes Park admission and access to Flock to the Rock: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance Registration Required.
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The early bird gets the worm! Or in this case, the early bird gets the chance to spot more of our feathered friends before the excitement of Flock to the Rock. The early bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of native and migrating birds. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to the our 14th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am. Click here to see what birds you might encounter during your hike. 

Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18

14th Annual Flock to the Rock
Time: 10am - 3pm both days.
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Grab your binoculars and get ready for our annual feathered frenzy. This event was designed so birders of all skill sets can enjoy one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies – bird watching! Live bird demos, guided walks, activities for kids and our annual hawk watch are just a few of the reasons this event is perfect for the whole family.

Check out the full schedule below.

Flock to the Rock 2022 Schedule of Events

Saturday September 17th 

7:30am Early Bird Walk*

10am – 3pm Birding Activities begin 

10am – 10:30am Who gives a Hoot (live bird program)

10:30am – 11:00am Intro to Family Birding 

11am – 3pm Hawk Watch on the Chimney 

12pm – 12:45pm  Wings to S.O.A.R presentation (live bird program)

1:00pm – 1:30pm Intro to Family Birding 

2pm – 2:45pm Wings to S.O.A.R presentation (live bird program)

Sunday September 18th

7:30am Early Bird Walk*

10am – 3pm Birding Activities begin 

10:30am – 11:00am Intro to Family Birding 

11am – 3pm Hawk Watch on the Chimney

11:30am – 12:00pm Radical Raptors (live bird program)

1:00pm – 1:30pm Intro to Family Birding 

2pm – 2:30pm Radical Raptors (live bird program)

*pre-registered event

 

Saturday, September 17

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The September event will feature musician Mike Pauer and support Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.

 

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Saturday, September 24

Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast
Time: 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Cost: $12 Adult Annual Passholder; $6 Rockin' Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Imagine watching the sunrise over Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge with a warm cup of coffee in hand. Our annual passholders enjoy early access to the Park at this exclusive event. Savor your delicious breakfast prepared by the Old Rock Café and hit the trails after sunrise to take advantage of the quiet before the Park opens.

Saturday, September 24

Nature at Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join a Park naturalist on the Hickory Nut Falls trail, and watch as the Park comes alive under the shadow of darkness. Do you know whether that’s a frog or a toad calling from the undergrowth? What birds and mammals prefer the dark to the daylight? Get ready to learn more about the Park’s rarely-seen residents.

Wednesday, September 28

Fall Homeschool Day
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm, afternoon options begin at 1:30pm
Cost: $14 Adults (Park admission), no charge for Adult Annual Passholder; $14 Youth (ages 5-15), $8 Rockin' Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Chimney Rock’s Fall Homeschool Day is the perfect chance to get your students outside in the gorgeous fall weather. Hands-on seasonal programs will engage your students and inspire their interest in the outdoors. After lunch, plan to stick around and enjoy what the Park has to offer as the seasons change.

Registration closes September 23, 2022.

 

Friday, October 7

Yoga with a View Series
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Think outside the studio and enjoy the quiet of the Park after the gates have closed with this yoga practice under the night sky. The mountains are said to be a natural vortex of spiritual energy, which makes Chimney Rock an ideal setting for connecting your spirit with nature at this outdoor class overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 

Saturday, October 8 - Sunday, October 9

Fall Girl Scout Day and Campout **SOLD OUT**
Time: 9:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper. Advance registration required.
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Nothing says fall like a weekend camping under the stars! Round up your troop for a chance to meet new friends, explore the Park and learn more about the world around us through hands-on programs for all ages.

A $30 non-refundable reservation fee per troop will be applied to your final total amount. A final invoice will be emailed prior to the event.

For questions contact Groups@ChimneyRockPark.com

 

Saturday, October 15 - Tuesday, November 15

Fall Photo Contest: “Transforming Trees”
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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Trees take center stage this month as they begin their dramatic fall transformation. Capture the beauty of fall color as we round out our celebration of NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree. Enter your fall photos for the chance to win great prizes.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between October 15, 2022 – November 15, 2022.
    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:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to communications@chimneyrockpark.com.
  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 communications@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, October 15

Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Live music returns to the Old Rock Cafe with our new music series: Playing for Our Partners. Come enjoy an evening of good food and good music on the deck overlooking the Rocky Broad River and support a good cause, too. A percentage of proceeds from each event in the series will benefit one of our local non-profit partners. The October event will feature musician Mike Pauer and support the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park.

 

*This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park*

Saturday, October 29

Naturalist Niche: Fall Color Hike
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Fall color is one of the highlights of life in WNC. Toward the end of the season Hickory Nut Gorge comes alive with gorgeous shades of gold and red. Join a naturalist and learn more about fall flora and fauna in the Park as you take in the beauty of the season. 

Monday, November 7 - Friday, November 11

Veterans Day Special: Free Admission for Veterans
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free admission for military members with ID only, military family members will receive standard discount rates of $15 for adults and $7 for youth ages 5-15.
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Chimney Rock honors veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park from November 7-11, 2022. Must present military ID or proof of service.

Monday, November 7 - Monday, November 28

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: Mondays in November from 11am to 12pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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Spend an hour hiking one of the Parks’ six trails with a naturalist. Discover the fall flora and fauna of the Park on this educational excursion. You may even learn some of the Parks’ history as well. Meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Saturday, November 19

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
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The trails of Chimney Rock in the fall are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed. Join a naturalist and learn what fall brings to Hickory Nut Gorge. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park.

Saturday, November 19

Mindfulness Series: Gratitude
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
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Join Namaste in Nature for a reflective meditation walk. De-stress on this hike focused on connection with yourself and the natural world. This fall mindfulness experience will center on the season of gratitude as the holidays approach.

Friday, November 25 - Sunday, November 27

Thanksgiving Weekend Animal Encounters
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
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Did you know our staff had a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and their important roles in the ecosystem. Some of our best teachers have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

Thursday, December 1

Seasonal Paint and Sip Series
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adult, $25 Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Kick off the holidays with the final installment of Chimney Rock’s brand new wine and design-style paint series of the year. Join a professional local artist and celebrate NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree by creating your own striking portrait of a winter tree. Classes will be held at the Old Rock Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase local craft beer & wine as well as appetizers.

Saturday, December 3

Breakfast with the Elves at the Old Rock Cafe
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: No event cost or registration required. Each menu item has individual cost.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States

Join Santa’s elves for a festive breakfast and see what’s on the menu every morning at the North Pole! The elves will be serving up very special holiday pancakes for kids and kids-at-heart, and classic breakfast favorites will round out the menu. Warm up with a cup of coffee at the Old Rock, then head to the Park and watch Santa prepare for Christmas Eve by rappelling down the 315-foot Chimney Rock!

Saturday, December 3

25th Annual Santa on the Chimney
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park Admission
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Chimney Rock has become Santa’s favorite place to train for his big night of deliveries. After a long summer, what better place to prepare and stay in shape than on one of the world’s largest chimneys at Chimney Rock State Park? Write a letter to Santa, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and meet live Park animal ambassadors.

 

Schedule of Events:

Santa Rappels Down the Chimney – 11am, 12pm, 2pm

Photos with Santa- 12:30-1:30pm

Guided Hike with an Elf – 11:15am and 1:15pm

Winter Family Animal Encounters – 11:30am and 1:30pm

Holiday Tunes with Lake Lure Classical Academy – 12:30pm

Eddie Cabbage Types Your Letter to Santa – All Day

Create a Christmas Craft – All Day

Make Your Own S’mores – All Day

Holiday Shopping – All Day

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