Winter Break Family Fun

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join us daily at 2pm to hear what our Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join us daily at 2pm to hear what our Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join us daily at 2pm to hear what our Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter Break Family Fun

Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places to enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join us daily at 2pm to hear what our Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.

Bat-tastic Celebration

Bat-tastic Celebration

The Cradle of Forestry’s Bat-tastic Celebration is a one-day event that is a culmination of the local celebration of International Bat Week (October 21-27). Bat Week celebrates the role of bats in nature, and at this local celebration, children and adults can visit info and activity tables to learn more about bats and what they can do to help #SaveTheBats, from 11am to 3pm.

Fall Open Horse Show

Fall Open Horse Show

The Fall Open Horse Show is open to any community equestrians (& is great for beginner riders and kids) or spectators to come watch!  You’ll find English, Western, gaited, trail, lead line, costume & game classes. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or purchase concessions, participate in a silent auction, a tack swap, costume contest, socialize & enjoy a full day with much more. Gates open at 7:30am & show starts at 9am. Cumulative division awards (except lead line, costume, ride-a-buck) presented at an Awards Luncheon on Nov 10, 2019. Spectator Admission  $2 Adults, $1 kids, 1 person per horse Free.

Helmets REQUIRED by any rider under 18 years old, in English AND western tack.

*Online registration is not available for Open shows in order to accommodate flexible class entries the day of the show. Pre-entry by mail, delivered at least 7 days prior to show accepted with check or proof of PayPal payment and waiver on show day. 

No dogs or alcohol on show grounds.

RAIN DATE: October 12th

Flock to the Rock

Flock to the Rock

Join for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular Annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds!

Naturalist Niche: Fall Migration Bird Walk

Naturalist Niche: Fall Migration 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 the our 10th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am.

Asheville Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show

Asheville Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show

The Asheville Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show welcomes all breeds and ages of dogs to compete for best in breed and best in show at the WNC Ag Center Davis Event Center on Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th in this licensed dog show. This event goes from 7am – 7pm both days, but you’ll want to arrive early for parking and to make sure you don’t miss any of the action! Spectators are welcome to cheer on and admire the competing dogs, but are asked to please leave pets at home.

Family Animal Encounters

Family Animal Encounters

Every afternoon at 2pm in June, July & August, join one of the Chimney Rock Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love animals! 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 the Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

Cost: Included with Park admission. Check Chimney Rock’s website for info on park hours and admission.

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial, Western NC Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) Fri. – Sun  8am –4pm, Mon 8am-12Noon, free admission & spectators are welcome, please leave your dog comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club

 

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial, Western NC Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) Fri. – Sun  8am –4pm, Mon 8am-12Noon, free admission & spectators are welcome, please leave your dog comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club

 

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial, Western NC Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) Fri. – Sun  8am –4pm, Mon 8am-12Noon, free admission & spectators are welcome, please leave your dog comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club

 

Repticon Asheville

Repticon Asheville

See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations.

See website for more info! http://repticon.com/north-carolina/asheville/

Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, Admission $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under age 4.

Celebration of National Train Day

Celebration of National Train Day

Celebrate National Train Day at the Historic Depot in Hendersonville! The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club hosts this fun, FREE event, which will include old and new model train displays, a scavenger hunt, chance to operate a model train, use a morse code telegraph, a raffle, petting zoo, learn about the history of railroads in Hendersonville and the Saluda Grade, and pizza and desserts available for purchase.

Repticon Asheville

Repticon Asheville

See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations.

See website for more info! http://repticon.com/north-carolina/asheville/

Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, Admission $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under age 4.

Tails and Trails

Tails and Trails

WANTED: STRONG LEGS, POSITIVE ATTITUDES, WAGGING TAILS

Bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, April 27, at 10:00 AM, for a charity hike up Bearwallow Mountain. Climb the one mile hike up to the beautiful, bald summit of Bearwallow Mountain with fellow conservation loving pet owners to take in the breathtaking views with your furry buddy.

Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. Registration for this event is $25 and includes your choice of a t-shirt or tote bag, and there is no registration cut off. If registration is made prior to April 20th you will receive your T-Shirt/tote at the event. Registrations after April 20th will need to pick up their T-shirt or tote at the Conserving Carolina office. Registration is open at https://www.blueridgehumane.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/tails/

Check-in will begin at 9:30 AM at the trail head. All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the hike. Register by filling out the form below. Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. The registration is $25 and includes an event shirt or printed canvas tote. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event.

If you have questions, contact Laura at lrice@blueridgehumane.org or 828-692-2639.

United States Dog Agility Association Dog Agility Trial

United States Dog Agility Association Dog Agility Trial

United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Dog Agility Trial, FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center), dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed; Fri & Sat 8am-2pm, Sun 8am-12pm, free admission & spectators are welcome, please leave your dogs comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club, Tryon, NC http://blueridgeagility.com

Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration

Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration

The Cradle of Forestry in America reopens for the 2019 season today!

Opening day at The Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian culture and heritage from the days of the Biltmore Forest School, so on this day, there will be demonstrations of open hearth cooking, laundry, blacksmithing, traditional music and games, and you can help plow the garden in the traditional way, using draft horses, plus check out the many other activities available at the Cradle of Forestry.

This event is Included with the cost of admission, which is $3 for ages 4-12 and $6 for ages 12+.

Spring Break Family Fun

Spring Break Family Fun

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!

Bullmania

Bullmania

Bulls, Barrels and more! Watch top rated cowboys and cowgirls duke it out on the dirt. Kid friendly, indoor arena. Friday & Saturday night only. Gates open at 6:00pm – Show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets available in advance (here) or at the gate.

  • Advance Tickets: Kids $5.00 Adult $15.00
  • Tickets at Gate: Kids $8.00 Adult $17.00
Bullmania

Bullmania

Bulls, Barrels and more! Watch top rated cowboys and cowgirls duke it out on the dirt. Kid friendly, indoor arena. Friday & Saturday night only. Gates open at 6:00pm – Show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets available in advance (here) or at the gate.

  • Advance Tickets: Kids $5.00 Adult $15.00
  • Tickets at Gate: Kids $8.00 Adult $17.00
American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host an American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trial , Friday & Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 8am-12pm.  The event will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center McGough Arena. Dog agility is a competitive team sport comprised of a handler and his or her dog.  The object of agility is for the handler to navigate the dog through a timed obstacle course without the dog making a mistake. The agility course is comprised of jumps; weave poles, tunnels and climbing apparatuses. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free. Please leave your dog comfortably at home.

American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host an American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trial , Friday & Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 8am-12pm.  The event will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center McGough Arena. Dog agility is a competitive team sport comprised of a handler and his or her dog.  The object of agility is for the handler to navigate the dog through a timed obstacle course without the dog making a mistake. The agility course is comprised of jumps; weave poles, tunnels and climbing apparatuses. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free. Please leave your dog comfortably at home.

American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host an American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trial , Friday & Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 8am-12pm.  The event will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center McGough Arena. Dog agility is a competitive team sport comprised of a handler and his or her dog.  The object of agility is for the handler to navigate the dog through a timed obstacle course without the dog making a mistake. The agility course is comprised of jumps; weave poles, tunnels and climbing apparatuses. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free. Please leave your dog comfortably at home.