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.

Santa on the Chimney

Santa on the Chimney

There’s no way Santa could make it down so many chimneys without practice. What better place to prepare for his Christmas deliveries and stay in shape than on one of the world’s largest chimneys at Chimney Rock State Park? Make your list and bring it to Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, meet live Park animal educators and more.

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.

End of Summer Blast

End of Summer Blast

Come out to the farm for games, wagon rides, popcorn, and more!

Historic Johnson Farm is a heritage education museum owned by Henderson County Public Schools. It offers school field trips, historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals and 10 historic structures on 15 acres of forest, fields, and streams. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a North Carolina Cultural Treasure.

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

Pollinator Walk at Bullington Gardens

Pollinator Walk at Bullington Gardens

Drop by between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to join us for a guided walk through Bullington’s Pollinator Garden, identifying good pollinator plants and pollinators. All ages welcome. This event is part of Bee City USA – Hendersonville’s celebration of Pollinator Month.

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

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.

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Blue Ridge Sunset Tour

Are you ready for the best part of your trip to the great outdoors? We take night hikes in Pisgah National Forest to a whole new level with The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour! The mountains of Appalachia offer some of the most beautiful views and sunsets in the world, and we’ll take you to one of the most sought-after 360-degree views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While waiting for sundown, our naturalist and guide will discuss the natural history of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Please Note: You MUST be able to hike 2 miles on uneven, steep and rocky terrain. Please know your limitations! While we love to see a great sunset, our tour will be run even in cloudy weather. The fun is in the experience of learning and exploring our wild areas!

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.