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Wednesday, January 1 - Saturday, February 29

Winter “Love at First Sight” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

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. If the sky is clear, you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness and love of nature. The theme for this season’s photo contest is “Love at First Sight”. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera that fits this theme and enter it in our Winter “Love at First Sight” 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.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  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 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020.
    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 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Wednesday, January 1

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

Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike!
A Park Ranger will lead an informative discussion about the park’s history while the group strolls up to the 3.2-mile entrance road.
Usually restricted only to vehicle traffic, there will be no cars in your way if you show up for this special, early morning hike that’s free to participants!
Start at the park entrance next to the Old Rock Café at 8:00 a.m.
Cross a bridge over the Rocky Broad River that was first traversed in 1916, and continue your hike through history until you reach the top.
The park will provide shuttle transportation back down to your vehicles in Chimney Rock Village by 10:00 a.m.
Hike participants can return to the Park for the same day at no charge.

State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America’s state parks.
Each year over 720 million people visit America’s state parks and contribute $23 billion to the economy.
State parks are a “close to home” resource and an important part of our national fabric, enhancing our quality of life.
We hope this hike inspires you to make state parks a regular part of your exercise routine and your life.

Bring plenty of drinking water, clothing suited to the weather, and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
This hike will be moderately strenuous up hill along a paved surface.

Advanced registration is not required.  Please call the State Park office at 828-625-1823 if you have any questions

Start Location: 

Meet at the Old Rock Café

Hike Length and Difficulty: 

Moderate 3-mile

Sunday, February 2

15th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission
Chimney Rock, NC,

For the past 15 years, Groundhog Day has been an annual tradition at Chimney Rock. On February 2 at 1pm, our furry little meteorologist, Greta, the Groundhog, will be making her yearly spring prediction as well as her Superbowl pick. This fun, family-friendly event also features a guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail and animal encounters with other animal ambassadors. All festivities are included with Park admission. Mark your calendars as you will not want to miss this!

Itinerary:

1pm– Guest arrive at the Park.

-Guest can visit the craft area in the Indoor Classroom

1:30pm-Program begins in lower Meadows area.

-Welcome message from Chimney Rock Mayor, Peter O’Leary, followed by Greta seeking her shadow.

2pm -Families are encouraged to stop by the Indoor Classroom to do a Groundhog Day craft or head over the Animal Discovery Den to meet some of Greta’s other animal ambassador friends.

3pm– Join a naturalist for a family-friendly stroll around the Great Woodland Adventure Trail to learn more about what types of wildlife calls Chimney Rock State Park home.

Thursday, February 13

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

Looking for something fun and unique to do with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?

Join Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this cooking class focused on some of his favorite, romantic recipes. Learn how to make handmade pasta, charred brussel sprout crostini, red wine risotto and much more! Come hungry, because you’ll get more than just a sample of each dish in this class. One beverage is also included in this experience. All participants must pre-register for this class. Please book your ticket here.

Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Time: Park hours
Cost: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and get one free when you purchase your tickets online Feb. 14 - 16.

Looking for a unique, romantic place to spend the day with your sweetheart? The fantastic views at Chimney Rock offer the perfect setting! For Valentine’s Day Weekend, receive one free adult admission, when you purchase one adult admission ticket.

This offer is only available for online ticket purchases and is only valid February 14-16, 2020. We will be posting these tickets on our website starting Thursday, February 13th. Stay tuned.

In February the Park is open weather permitting. Be sure to check our website for weather alerts before you visit.

 

 

Saturday, March 7

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 14

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 21

Hike with a Naturalist
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 28

Naturalist Niche: Early Spring Migrants Walk ***Canceled***
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

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.

Saturday, March 28

Hike with a Naturalist ***Canceled***
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.

Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 30

Spring “Blooms & Blossoms” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Wildflowers blooming are an indication that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner. This is the perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful images of spring blooms around your home and enter them into our “Blooms & Blossoms” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos for our contests are usually required to be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park, however, given the current circumstances of COVID-19, we are now changing this rule to allow photos to be taken from your backyard or around your home.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken by the participant around their home between April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. 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 and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then send us a private message with your photo, name, contact info and a brief caption (25-75 words) about your photo.
    • 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 to visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  4. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  5. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme of the contest: “Blooms & Blossoms”. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  6. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  7. Decisions of the judges are final.

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

Monday, April 6 - Sunday, April 19

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

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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.

Saturday, April 11

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers Walk ***Canceled***
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate guided hike will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. The journey will take you along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and down the Four Seasons Trail.

Sunday, April 12

65th Annual Easter Sunrise Service – ***Canceled***
Time: 5:30 am - 7:00 am
Cost: Free, but does require pre-registration
Chimney Rock, NC,

***NC Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that any gathering of more than 100 people be postponed or cancelled to minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 transmission at these events. NC State Parks has decided to cancel all State Park sponsored events through April 30th.  Unfortunately, our Easter Sunrise Service falls within this timeframe.

We are saddened that we will not be able to host this traditional event, but the health and safety of the general public is our upmost concern.

At this point, the Park will continue to remain open during its regular hours of operation. We will be monitoring this rapidly changing scenario with its many unknowns and will make changes as deemed necessary. Please check our website for updates as more information becomes available.***

For the past 65 years, Chimney Rock has hosted an annual sunrise service every Easter Sunday in the parking lot at the base of the Chimney overlooking Lake Lure. This year, due to a major construction project that is taking place on the upper parking lot, the service will be moved down the mountain to the Meadows area, just past the Ticket Plaza. The sunrise will still be visible from this location, but the view of Lake Lure will not.

5:30 – 6:15 am – Gates open for visitors with a reserved parking pass

6:15 am – Gates close for admittance

6:30 – 7am – Easter Sunrise Service

After the service, you are welcome to bring your pass or bulletin back to receive complimentary admission when the Park opens at 8:30am. If you are hungry, we will be serving an early breakfast immediately after the service at the Old Rock Cafe near the entrance of the Park.

 

Saturday, April 18

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.

Wednesday, April 22

Spring Homeschool Day ***Canceled***
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, $8 Rockin’ Discovery passholder.
Chimney Rock, NC,

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. Morning Programs are from 9:30am – 12:30pm, some afternoon times will also be available and may vary based on demand. Program details can be found online.

Saturday, April 25

Chimney Rock, NC,

What’s a llama’s favorite drink? “Llamanade.” What do llamas reply when you say thank you? “No probLlama.”
These humorous, camel-like creatures are so funny and unique. They bring joy and laughter to just about any situation. Imagine hiking with one of these wooly companions. At Llamapalooza, you’ll have a chance to escort llamas on one of four hikes along the Park’s half-mile Great Woodland Adventure loop trail.

10am – 11am – First Hike

11:30am – 12:30pm – Second Hike

1pm – 2pm – Third Hike

2:30pm –  3:30pm – Fourth Hike

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 and all attendees must be annual passholders. If you are not an annual passholder and would like to become one, you can purchase an annual pass here.

Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3

Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout ***Canceled***
Time: 9:30am Saturday - 9:30am Sunday
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Scouts have explored and investigated Chimney Rock for decades. Our annual Spring Boy Scout Day is one of the best ways to see all that the Park has to offer. Enjoy morning programs, optional afternoon activities and the rare opportunity to spend the night beneath the stars with other scouts.

Click here for detailed program information. Registration closes April 24 and is limited to 150 scouts. So reserve your spot below! $30 reservation fee is non-refundable but will be applied to your final total amount.

Thursday, May 7

Beyond Basic Burgers Cooking Class at Old Rock Cafe ***Canceled***
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Cost is $50 per couple or $35 per person.
Old Rock Cafe, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720 United States
Ground beef isn’t the only meat you can use to make the perfect burger. Join the Old Rock Café’s Chef Randall Spencer for this two-hour class on how to make burgers using exotic meats and side items that compliment each dish. Come hungry, because you’ll get more than just a sample of each item and a glass of soda or craft beer or wine as part of this class.

Saturday, May 16

Naturalist Niche: Birds of Chimney Rock ***Canceled***
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Chimney Rock State Park is a bird watcher’s paradise. A countless variety of native and migrant birds can be found here during this time of the year. Join a local birding expert for a two-hour bird finding expedition. You never know what species you might see, so bring your camera! This hike is considered moderate. This event has been cancelled.

Saturday, May 16 - Sunday, May 17

Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout ***Canceled***
Time: 9:30am Saturday - 9am Sunday
Cost: $16 per scout, $14 per adult, $6 additional youth, $8 per camper.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Troops of all ages will enjoy our annual Spring Girl Scout Day. Your scouts will love the hands-on morning programs, adventurous afternoon activities and the incredible opportunity to camp overnight in the Park.

More information on programs and activities can be found on our website. Registration closes May 8 and is limited to 150 scouts. So reserve your spot below! $30 reservation fee is non-refundable but will be applied to your final total amount.

Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Weekend Family Animal Encounters ***Canceled***
Time: Daily at 2pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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.

Saturday, June 6

Naturalist Niche: Buzz on Bees ***Canceled***
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Bees are the pollinators in the floral community. They are also some of the hardest working insects in the world. This two-hour learning session will give you an in-depth look at the role that these fascinating creatures play in our eco-system. Plan for classroom time as well as exploring our pollinator garden during this educational experience.

***This event has been canceled***

Saturday, June 13

Chimney Rock, NC,

The Hickory Nut Gorge is home to iconic landmarks like Chimney Rock and Lake Lure but it also hosts an assortment of locally-crafted foods and drinks. A Gorge-ous Evening Out is an intimate evening event for annual passholders that features the Gorge’s natural settings while enjoying locally-made gourmet appetizers, artisanal cheese, craft beer and wine as the sun sinks behind the mountains. This event is exclusively for annual passholders only. If you would like to become an annual passholder click here.

This event has been canceled.

Monday, June 15

Summer Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm at Outdoor Classroom in the Meadows
Cost: Included with Park admission. Space is limited. Must pre-register below.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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. This added value event is included with Park admission. It will take place at an outdoor location and has a limited capacity of 25 people. We will implement appropriate practices to ensure social distancing and guest safety. Attendees must pre-register in advance. Book your spot below.

Friday, June 19

Summer Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm at Outdoor Classroom in the Meadows
Cost: Included with Park admission. Space is limited. Must pre-register below.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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. This added value event is included with Park admission. It will take place at an outdoor location and has a limited capacity of 25 people. We will implement appropriate practices to ensure social distancing and guest safety. Attendees must pre-register in advance. Book your spot below.

Saturday, June 20

Nature at Night: Last Night of Spring Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this nighttime excursion, led by a naturalist. You will want to bring water, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and possibly a headlamp or flashlight. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Monday, June 22

Summer Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm at Outdoor Classroom in the Meadows
Cost: Included with Park admission. Space is limited. Must pre-register below.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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. This added value event is included with Park admission. It will take place at an outdoor location and has a limited capacity of 25 people. We will implement appropriate practices to ensure social distancing and guest safety. Attendees must pre-register in advance. Book your spot below.

Friday, June 26

Summer Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm at Outdoor Classroom in the Meadows
Cost: Included with Park admission. Space is limited. Must pre-register below.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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. This added value event is included with Park admission. It will take place at an outdoor location and has a limited capacity of 25 people. We will implement appropriate practices to ensure social distancing and guest safety. Attendees must pre-register in advance. Book your spot below.

Wednesday, July 1 - Friday, July 31

Summer “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Summer is all about outdoor fun, spending quality time together as a family and taking in the wonderful sights of nature. During this time of year, it’s easy to find many human faces in the Park, but you can also see other faces as well. Whether it’s faces of animals, faces in the rock formations, or even outlines of faces in the ground. Be sure to submit your best photo interpretation into our summer-themed “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you can win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  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 July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020.
    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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 to visit@chimneyrockpark.com.
    • 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 smartphones, 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 1-800-277-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Sunday, July 5

Summer Family Animal Encounters
Time: 2pm at Outdoor Classroom in the Meadows
Cost: Included with Park admission. Space is limited. Must pre-register below.
Chimney Rock, NC,

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Ambassadors 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. This added value event is included with Park admission. It will take place at an outdoor location and has a limited capacity of 30 people. We will implement appropriate practices to ensure social distancing and guest safety. Attendees must pre-register in advance. Book your spot below.

Saturday, July 11

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 photo editing skills from this three-hour classroom session. Time permitting, you may embark on a quick photo-taking odyssey to various spots in the Park, so be prepared to do some moderate hiking.

***This event has been canceled***

Saturday, August 1 - Thursday, October 15

The Chimney Rock Challenge
Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Are you a hiking enthusiast? Do you enjoy a physical challenge? Or, just enjoy exploring nature? Then you need to take the Chimney Rock Hiking Challenge.

Hiking isn’t just the preferred method of transportation here, it’s a way of life. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park features six different hiking trails that range from moderate to strenuous and offer a plethora of stunning views and a variety of flora and fauna. These trails can take you through enchanted, deciduous forests as you ascend the mountain, to a 404-foot waterfall and to the top of and near unique rock formations. But conquering all these trails isn’t for the faint of heart. There are nearly 6 ½ miles of trails with an increase of 800 feet in elevation. Do you have what it takes to complete the Chimney Rock Challenge?

The rules are pretty simple. Hike at least four of our six trails. Along each trail you hike, take a video of yourself at a distinctive feature while telling us about your experience. Post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us. Use the hashtag #chimneyrockchallenge, private message us your mailing address, and we will send you your Chimney Rock Challenge Button of Honor.

Complete four trails to earn the Bobcat button. Complete all six and you will be awarded the coveted Black Bear button. If you are unable to complete all the trails in one day, you can complete them in multiple day segments between August 1 – September 30. You may also want to take advantage of our Annual Pass which is less than the price of two admission tickets and allows you to visit the Park as much as you want over a 12-month period.

All video submissions must include segments of you on each trail at a recognizable location (example: on the Outcroppings trail, you could do a video segment at Pulpit Rock). In your video, tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and what your experience on this trail has been like. The more creative, the better!

Chimney Rock Challenge Video

See complete rules and details below.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All video entries must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park between August 1, 2020 – October 15, 2020, on at least four of the six different hiking trails in areas accessible to guests.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional videographers.
  2. One entry per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible:
    • Facebook: Like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share your video post on your wall. Tag us (@ChimneyRockParkNC) on your post and use hashtag #ChimneyRockChallenge. Then, send us a private message with your mailing address so we can send you your Chimney Rock Challenge button.
    • Instagram: Follow Chimney Rock State Park and share your video post. Tag us (@ChimneyRockNC) on your post and use hashtag #ChimneyRockChallenge. Then, send us a private message with your mailing address so we can send you your Chimney Rock Challenge button.
  3. Each video entry should be no longer than 60 seconds.
  4. Videos should be taken via smartphones, tablets and other camera devices that meet minimum requirements for uploading to social media.
  5. For entries showing other human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission to use their image.
  6. All video submissions MUST contain only family-friendly content and be taken on designated trails.
  7. Do not violate any of the Park’s rules.
  8. Be creative and have fun!
  9. Recreate responsibly!

Qualified entries may be featured on Chimney Rock’s social media channels and possibly on our website. For more information, call 828-625-9611 or email us at visit@chimneyrockpark.com.

Saturday, August 8

Nature at Night: August Evening Adventure
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this nighttime excursion, led by an expert naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Sunday, August 9

The grand finale of the 16th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. The Race to the Rock is a challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it! This is the ONLY TIME you can ever run or bike up the Park road.

Register for this event at lakelureolympiad.com. Spectators get in free if in the Park before 7:30am.

***This event has been canceled***

Saturday, August 15

National TRACK Trails Day at Chimney Rock
Time: During Park Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Hello Fellow TRACK Trail Adventurers,

 

On Saturday, August 15, Chimney Rock will be celebrating National TRACK Trails Day in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Kids in Parks program. Every child that visits the Park on this day will receive a free Chimney Rock/Kids in Parks goodie bag.

Families can also download several TRACK Trails’ e-Adventures to do while in the Park. Chimney Rock Management will make a $1 donation to the Kids in Parks program for every youth (ages 5-15) admission purchased on this day. Make plans to come on out and enjoy a fun day at Chimney Rock and support Kids in Parks, too!

Saturday, August 15

Naturalist Niche: Waterfall Exploration
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Hickory Nut Falls is a hidden gem within the Park. This 404-foot waterfall is one of the tallest of its kind east of the Mississippi. Enjoy a guided hike out to the Hickory Nut Falls to discover what inhabits this area. This 3-hour journey is considered a moderate hike and does require pre-registration. Reserve your spot below.

Wednesday, August 19

Chimney Rock, NC,

On August 19, we will be offering special guided hikes for our Annual Passholders. Join one of our Park Naturalists on an in-depth exploration of the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Learn about the unique flora and fauna that can be found along this trail. This event is limited in capacity and does require registration in advance. You must be a current Annual Passholder to participate. Reserve your spot below.

Wednesday, September 16

Fall 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, $8 Rockin’ Discovery passholder.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Our annual Fall 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. Morning Programs are from 9:30am – 12:30pm, some afternoon times will also be available and may vary based on demand. Program details can be found online.

Pre-registration for this event is required. Book your spot below.

Thursday, September 24 - Tuesday, September 29

Take a Child Outside Week – Guided Hike
Time: 3pm guided hike
Cost: Receive one free youth admission with every full paid adult admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week by joining a Park Naturalist for an interactive hike on the Park’s most family-friendly trail. Kids of all ages will love exploring the Great Woodland Adventure Trail to discover what animals call Chimney Rock home. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. This program is open to all ages. Hikes will be daily at 3pm and are included with Park admission. One child’s admission is free, with one paid adult admission. Meet at the Animal Discovery Den at 2:45pm.

 

Saturday, September 26

Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to our 12th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am. Click here to see what birds you might see during your hike.

Saturday, September 26

12th Annual Flock to the Rock
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Included with Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Join us for one of our most popular annual events, Flock to the Rock.  This event will have fun, family-friendly birding activities, such as our Bird of Prey programs, education display tables, hawk watches, and guided bird walks. See the schedule and details listed below.

7:30am – 10:00am – Early Bird Walk – The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to our 12th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 10am. Click here to see what birds you might see during your hike.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Click here to register.

10am – Birding activity and information tables open on the Outcroppings Deck. Stop by the Outcroppings Deck to learn more about birds that can be found here in Hickory Nut Gorge and our surrounding area during this time of year. There will be activities for the entire family.

10:30am – Beginner Bird Walk – Has 2020 had you and the kids watching the birds? Many people are spending more time outdoors with their families, and it’s a great time to start a new hobby. This pre-registered hike is perfect for all ages.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Click here to register.

12:00pm – Radical Raptors – Birds of prey have always fascinated us and are the origin of many legends. Realizing the importance of these predators, and sometimes prey, will help you understand the role they play in our ecosystem. Meet a couple of our special animal ambassadors to see the incredible characteristics of these beautiful creatures.

1pm – 3pm – Hawk Watch on the Chimney – September is prime migration season for birds in this part of the world. Stop by the Chimney to see which ones are flying through. Kevin Burke, with Ventures Birding, will be helping identify these species passing through.

2pm – Radical Raptors – Birds of prey have always fascinated us and are the origin of many legends. Realizing the importance of these predators, and sometimes prey, will help you understand the role they play in our ecosystem. Meet a couple of our special animal ambassadors to see the incredible characteristics of these beautiful creatures.

3pm – Family Hike – Join a Park Naturalist for an interactive hike on our most family-friendly trail. Kids of all ages will love exploring the Great Woodland Adventure Trail to discover what animals call Chimney Rock home. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. This program is open to all ages.

Saturday, September 26

Beginner Bird Walk
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Has 2020 had you and the kids watching the birds? Many people are spending more time outdoors with their families, and it’s a great time to start a new hobby. This pre-registered hike is perfect for all ages.

Limited space available, advance registration is required for this hike. Reserve your spot below.

Saturday, October 3

Naturalist Niche: Fall Birding Walk
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required. Includes Park admission.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Fall bird migration is an active time in the North Carolina mountains. It is here that migratory birds are preparing to journey south to their wintering grounds in the Southeastern U.S., Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This makes Chimney Rock a great hotspot to catch a glimpse of a lot of northern birds before their mass, seasonal exodus. Join a local birding expert during this two-hour excursion to locate and identify some of these “snowbirds”.

Saturday, October 3

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

Tuesday, October 13

Guided Hike for Annual Passholders – Skyline Excursion
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Must be an Annual Passholder to participate. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

On October 13, we will be offering a special guided hike for our Annual Passholders. Join one of our Park Naturalists on an in-depth exploration of the Skyline trail. Learn about the unique flora and fauna that can be found along this trail. This hike is considered moderate-to-strenuous and is limited in capacity. Advance registration is required. You must be a current Annual Passholder to participate. Reserve your spot below.

Saturday, October 17

Nature at Night: Fall Night Hike
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.
Chimney Rock, NC,

Ever wonder what Chimney Rock looks like after sundown? Find out during this autumn nighttime excursion, led by a Park naturalist. You will want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Reserve your spot below.

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