Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 8
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
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
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.
Wednesday, April 18
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.
Saturday, April 21
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
Blue Ridge EVE Club
Civilian Conservation Corps
Chimney Rock Management, LLC.
Earth Shine Nature Programs
City of Hendersonville
Holmes Educational State Forest
Kids in Parks Track Trail
Lake Lure Environmental
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Mineral and Lapidary Museum
National Cave Rescue Commission
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