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Fall Color is Almost Here!!

October 23, 2019

An autumn occurrence that draws a lot of attention in western North Carolina is the fall foliage display. Fall color typically begins at higher elevations and works its way down to the lower lands. With an abundant number of peaks ranging from 1,000 to 6,000+ feet above sea level, the Blue Ridge mountains have one Read More

Visitors Celebrate 64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

April 21, 2019

Visitors flocked to the Park for the 64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21. Worshipers enjoyed spiritual music, scripture and sermons from area pastors.

All Easter Sunrise Service Tickets are Gone.

April 1, 2019

All tickets to this year’s Easter Sunrise Service are gone. No additional tickets will be released for the service. Tickets are required for entry to this year’s event, because of limited parking capacity in the Park’s upper parking lot. Visitors who show up to the Park’s front gate without a ticket will not be allowed Read More

Tickets Required for Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock

March 28, 2019

A limited number of free tickets will be released April 1 online Those interested in attending the 64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park on Sunday, April 21, will need a ticket to attend. The Park’s top lot and other areas that are traditionally used for parking sustained damage Read More

Euronews Visits Asheville and Chimney Rock

March 12, 2019

What’s a visit to Asheville without a little hiking? Euronews recently covered their trip to the hip city, where their journalist enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Park, which is located 40 minutes from the downtown area.

Forbes.com features Hickory Nut Falls on Top NC Travel List

February 12, 2019

The Park’s Hickory Nut Falls trail was recently featured on Forbes’ list of places to travel in NC, because of its connection to the film “The Last of the Mohicans”. In case you didn’t know, the Park’s waterfall played a large part of the last 17 minutes of the iconic ’90s film.

Greta the Groundhog predicts more winter, Super Bowl winner

February 4, 2019

Guests traveled from around the country to attend the Park’s 14th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2. John McFadden, from Florida, drove to Chimney Rock to meet his girlfriend, Andi Criscella, from Pennsylvania, for the event. Criscella has been attending Groundhog Day events across the United States every year since 2012. “This has Read More

Llamas Join First Day Hike

January 3, 2019

You never know what you’ll see or get to hike with at the Rock! First Day Hike participants were joined by Greg Hall’s llamas, Sir SpotsaLot and Reepicheep, during Sate Park’s hike up the Park’s main road, which is normally off limits to pedestrian traffic. Hikers had the opportunity to pet, walk and take selfies Read More

Active duty military, veterans visit Chimney Rock

November 19, 2018

Veterans and active duty members of the military spent a day outdoors enjoying the Park during the fourth Hill to Crag event held by the American Alpine Club. Troops enjoyed rock climbing with help from Fox Mountain Guides, hiking and enjoying Chimney Rock’s breathtaking event during the all-day event, which helped raise awareness about the Read More

Santa on the Chimney 2018

October 26, 2018

The first two Saturdays of December are some of the most magical days of the year at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. That’s because Santa, the fat guy himself, with help from rock climbing professionals from Fox Mountain Guides,  rappels down the Chimney in preparation for his Christmas Eve deliveries at 11:30 a.m., Read More