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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
8286259611 https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/

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March 2018

Naturalist Niche: Ridge Hike

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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 early spring 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.

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April 2018

63rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service

April 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast.Please Note: Due to the large number of guests who attend the service, no one can be admitted through the gate after 6am. Cost: Admission to the Sunrise Service is free. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy…

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Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers

April 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

This walk is a great way to explore some of our more moderate hiking options while learning about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. This hike is considered moderate. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up. Transportation will be provided.

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May 2018

Naturalist Niche: Spring Migration Bird Walk

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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.

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June 2018

Naturalist Niche: Fall Creek Exploration

June 2 @ 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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.

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July 2018

Naturalist Niche: Old Growth Forest Frolic

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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.

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August 2018

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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.

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14th Annual Race to the Rock

August 12 @ 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States

The grand finale of the 14th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival that 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…

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September 2018

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

September 1 @ 3:00 pm - September 3 @ 8:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
Cost included with Park admission.

Enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer experiencing what makes Chimney Rock the ideal place to play. Hike on one of the Park’s many trails or join Fox Mountain Guides for a real rock climbing experience.

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Naturalist Nice: Fall Migration Bird Walk

September 15 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

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.

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10th Annual Flock to the Rock

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
Cost included with Park admission.

Join us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of 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…

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October 2018

Naturalist Niche: Nature at Night

October 20 @ 11:30 pm - October 21 @ 1:30 am
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

After the sun goes down, the fun begins! From hoots to howls you never know what you’ll hear or see during one of our nighttime naturalist programs. The guided night hike and owl prowl will keep the entire family intrigued during this non-scary fall adventure. All activities are considered easy –to- moderate so the entire family can attend.

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November 2018

Naturalist Niche: Ecology of Chimney Rock

November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

Of course, we are known for our amazing views, but some of the most incredible aspects of this area are often overlooked. Local naturalist Clint Calhoun has spent decades researching and studying what makes the ecology of Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Gorge so unique. Join him for this moderate hike to learn so much more about what makes our area so special.

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December 2018

Santa on the Chimney

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
Cost included with Park admission.

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.Win a Free Climb with Santa’s elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win…

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Winter Break Family Fun

December 26 @ 7:00 pm - December 31 @ 7:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
Cost included with Park admission.

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.

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Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID

December 29 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St
Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720 United States
$5 - $23

Of course, we are known for our amazing views, but some of the most incredible aspects of this area are often overlooked. Local naturalist Clint Calhoun has spent decades researching and studying what makes the ecology of Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Gorge so unique. Join him for this moderate hike to learn so much more about what makes our area so special.

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