Naturalist Niche: Winter Walk

Explore a seldom seen part of the Park during one of the most peaceful times of the year. You’ll learn a lot about the Park’s Old Growth Forest, an area seldom seen by members of the public.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

Guided Walks in Historic 7th Avenue District

This district was where it was happening in the Gilded Age of Hendersonville. Steam engines, drays, hustle, summer visitors, shoot-outs, candy stores … let’s step back in time. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate -to-strenuous.

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

The trails of Chimney Rock are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed! Join us for this fall venture on one of our most popular excursions. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park. This hike is considered moderately -strenuous.

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 Nice: Fall Migration Bird Walk

Naturalist Nice: 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.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Naturalist Niche: Big Tree Walk

Naturalist Niche: Big Tree Walk

Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right here in Chimney Rock State 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.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Guided Walk in Historic Oakdale Cemetery

Join me along the pathways of Hendersonville’s Historic Oakdale Cemetery where the “Look Homeward Angel” statue is located. Grave markers throughout this place tell interesting stories and whisper secrets from the past … so come along to discover illustrious and notorious characters of long ago. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Oakdale Cemetery, U.S. 64 W. at Valley St.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

CANCELED!! Park in the Dark at Chimney Rock State Park

CANCELED!! Park in the Dark at Chimney Rock State Park

CANCELED!! Celebrate the beginning of summer vacation by seeing day turn to night from the top of the Rock. Your family will enjoy hands-on activities, nature stations, storytelling around the campfire, smores and more during this fundraiser for the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, who support the Park by helping build and maintain trails, and purchase educational supplies for outreach programs.

Naturalist Niche: Watershed Hike

Naturalist Niche: Watershed Hike

Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. A common question we often get from Park guests is “where does the water come from.” This hike offers the rare opportunity to explore the origination of the feeder creek, Fall Creek, and follow it as it leads to the upper cascades of this beautiful waterfall. This hike is considered strenuous.

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Guided History Walks on Main Street

Be charmed and informed by our history, architecture, and colorful stories about Hendersonville. Learn how the town got its name, who donated the land, bordellos, trolley lines, and more. These 90-minute walks occur rain or shine.
Meeting place: Hendersonville City Hall, corner of 5th Ave. E. and King St., Police Dept. entrance. Free parking.

Historic Connemara Walking Tours

Historic Connemara Walking Tours

In cooperation with the Village of Flat Rock’s annual Ice Cream Social, the park offers walking tours of the grounds of Connemara sharing the history of the site before the Sandburg’s moved in. East tour lasts one hour. No reservation required. Tours begin in the bookstore of the Sandburg Home.

Tours at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

8th annual Mountain Science Expo

8th annual Mountain Science Expo

The N.C. Arboretum hosts the 8th annual Mountain Science Expo as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. This family-friendly event will feature hands-on demonstrations, guided programs and more than 20 exhibitors.

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+.

Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza

Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza

Storytelling is as old as man has inhabited the Appalachian mountains. Local and regional storytellers take the stage with music and stories, bringing to life the legends and myths of the mountains, featuring acclaimed storytellers Freeman Owle, Ronnie Pepper and Michael “Badhair” Williams.

Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab Re-opening Party!

Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab closed for a few weeks to do some upgrades and maintenance, but they re-open this Saturday, February 23rd.

To celebrate the re-opening, they’re having a party! The event will include live music, reptile races, shark feeding, door prizes and much more! Plus, while they were closed, they made lots of great changes and improvements. At this event, you’ll be able to check out the new tortoise habitat, new animals to the aquarium, new exploration stations as well as check in on your old favorites.

“History Bites” Lecture Series

History Bites-Winter Lecture Series: Come learn about an interesting aspect of history while enjoying light refreshments. $5 per session.

  • January 16 12:00 PM: Terry Ruscin “School Days: The History of Henderson County Education”
  • February 6 12:00 PM: Susan Trotter “Quilting through the Years”
  • February 20 12:00 PM: Janie McKinley “Life on Bear Mountain”

Great Backyard Bird Count Day

The Arboretum celebrates its Great Backyard Bird Count Day with hands-on activities, bird crafts and live bird demonstrations available to the public. The North Carolina Arboretum is located on the North Carolina Birding Trail, making it a great place for a morning hike and bird count. At the Information Desks you’ll find a pamphlet featuring a list of birds that can be seen on the grounds.

“History Bites” Lecture Series

History Bites-Winter Lecture Series: Come learn about an interesting aspect of history while enjoying light refreshments. $5 per session.

  • January 16 12:00 PM: Terry Ruscin “School Days: The History of Henderson County Education”
  • February 6 12:00 PM: Susan Trotter “Quilting through the Years”
  • February 20 12:00 PM: Janie McKinley “Life on Bear Mountain”