ASHEVILLE NC – A legendary annual community event in Western North Carolina, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s annual Easter Sunrise Service attracts more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. The free interdenominational Easter celebration features live instrumental music, spiritual songs and a spectacular sunrise ascending over Lake Lure. The Park offers free entry 5-6 a.m. for the 6:30-7 a.m. service held at the top parking lot below the Chimney on April 8, rain or shine. Guests are invited to eat at the Old Rock Café’s 7-11 a.m. breakfast buffet and may stay to enjoy the Park all day. The Ticket Plaza will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for normal business hours.
“Our annual Easter Sunrise Service is a special tradition for our guests and a memorable event for the entire family,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager at Chimney Rock. “There’s no better way to celebrate the beauty of Easter morning.”
The public is invited to join in celebrating Chimney Rock’s Easter Sunrise Service with song, scripture and spiritual music as the sun rises over Lake Lure. Bat Cave Baptist Church is coordinating the music and the musicians, in addition to John Mason, the Park’s featured entertainer on hammered dulcimer. The Easter service will air live on 1450 WHKP-AM Radio and rebroadcast the entire service starting at noon for those unable to attend.
Limited parking is available in the top lot. When the lot is full, parking will be available on the Meadows, with shuttle buses transporting guests to/from the top lot. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Guests are invited to the 7-11 a.m. all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the Old Rock Café for $9.79 for adults and $5.79 for children (ages 10 and under), including beverages.
About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. In 2012, the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was filmed in Chimney Rock. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.