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Chimney Rock Announces 2015 Events

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock announces 2015 events.

FEBRUARY EVENTS

10th Annual Grady’s Groundhog Day
Date/Time: Monday February 2; 10:30am-12pm

Description: Last year, Grady saw his shadow, correctly predicting six more weeks of winter. Will he be right again this year? Join our furry Park mascot on Groundhog’s Day to find out! Kids’ crafts will be offered; you can make it a day of fun for the whole family by rounding it all out with a hike to the top of Chimney Rock or down the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Go to Grady the Groundhog’s Facebook page and tell us whether you think we’re in for six more weeks of winter; you could win a free stuffed animal Grady!
Cost: Included with Park admission

PROMO: Valentine’s Day Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, February 13-15

Description: What better way to show your sweetheart some love than by bringing him or her to see beautiful, 75-mile views from the top of Chimney Rock? (Hint – we’ve had quite a few proposals on the Rock over the years; Valentine’s Day might be your day!) Download the special coupon from our website. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid February 13-15, 2015, if Park is open.

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID & Book Signing
Date/Time: Saturday, February 21; Hike 10:30am-12:30pm, Book signing 1pm-3pm
Description: Think leaves are the only way to identify trees? Think again! Local naturalist Ron Lance leads this moderately difficult guided hike where he’ll explain how to use twigs, bark and buds to identify trees. Advance registration required. Afterward, meet Ron at Cliff Dwellers Gifts where he’ll be discussing and signing his latest book, Haws: A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern United States. Participants in the hike will receive a special price of $19.95; $10 off the regular price of the book! Additional books by Ron, including Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Winter Guide, will also be available.

Cost: Hike: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Book signing is included with Park admission.

MARCH EVENTS

Park in the Moonlight
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7
Description: A non-scary nocturnal family event to support the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Activities may include Storytelling, Campfires, Night Hiking, Wildlife Encounters, Costumed Characters, and More! Visit chimneyrockpark.com for more details.

Cost: TBD

Naturalist Niche: Creating a Nature Journal
Date/Time: Saturday, March 14; 9am-12pm
Description: A journal allows you to explore your relationship with the great outdoors by providing a place for interpreting observations and thoughts. Local artist Nora Mosrie, a visual artist who has over 30 years of experience in developing and leading educational programs for folks of all ages, will demonstrate how to create a journal you can use to document your discoveries in the natural world. Advance registration required. Creating a Nature Journal is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

APRIL EVENTS

60th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Date/Time: Sunday, April 5; gate opens 5am-6am for 6:30am service
Description: Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. This special 60th Anniversary year will feature live music, spiritual songs, Park musician John Mason on the hammered dulcimer and breathtaking scenery. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.

Cost: Free admission for entry to Sunrise Service

Spring Homeschool Day
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: Have a field day at Chimney Rock! Join our education specialists for fun, interactive programs in a 1000-acre classroom where learning comes alive. All programs are designed to meet NC and SC curriculum standards. Optional afternoon activities will be offered. Registration required; call (828) 625-9611 to register. For rates and program descriptions, visit http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $12 Adults (includes Park admission), No charge Annual Passholder; $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $7.50 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflower Walk
Date/Time: Saturday, April 18; 9:30-11:30am

Description: Identify a variety of spring wildflowers with renowned naturalist and author Ron Lance. Grab your cameras and field guides for this informative, moderate hike to find blooming beauties like trillium, mountain laurel, flame azaleas and more unique species. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Location of hike may vary depending on where the most flowers are blooming. Spring Wildflower Walk is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Springtime Kids’ Climb

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18; 11am-3pm

Description: Get a taste of rock climbing and experience Chimney Rock from a new perspective with the Southeast’s leader in rock climbing education, Fox Mountain Guides. Kids (ages 7-15) climb for half price with 20-minute “tasters” on Vista Rock at this fun, family-friendly event, weather permitting. Convenient, walk-up access to climbing for the whole family to try! Beginners welcome, and no experience is necessary. All equipment is provided. Additional kid-friendly activities focusing on health and wellness will be offered throughout the day.

Book a 2-hour or longer climbing lesson anytime with Fox Mountain Guides at (888) 284-8433.

Cost: $10 for a kids’ taster climb (half price!) or $20 per adult, plus Park admission

Earth Day
Date/Time
: Saturday, April 25; 11am-3pm
Description: Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café. Kids have the chance to earn a Grady’s Kids Club annual pass to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.  Bring the whole family!

Cost: Free

Spring Break Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time: Monday, April 6-Sunday April 12; daily at 2pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of our 2pm program led by a Park naturalist, who will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Don’t forget your camera!
Cost: Included with Park admission

MAY EVENTS

Naturalist Niche: Waterfall Exploration
Date/Time: Sunday, May 3; 9:30–11:30am
Description: Hickory Nut Falls is not only one of the highest falls east of the Mississippi River,  it’s also full of plants and animals are easy to miss if you aren’t watching closely! Join a Park Naturalist to explore the Falls and search for life hiding among the rocks. Advance registration required. Waterfall Exploration is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout
Date/Time
: Saturday May 2- Sunday May 3; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday
Description: Description: For years, Boy Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will enjoy morning programs, have the chance to become a North Carolina State Parks Junior Ranger, then join us for a campout beneath the stars. Programs details at http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children,$8 per camper  Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast
Date/Time: Saturday May 9; gate opens 5am for 6:30am sunrise
Description: Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure. Weather permitting, the Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. Post your sunrise pictures to our Facebook page. To RSVP, please call 800-277-9611. Check out area accommodations at chimneyrockpark.com if you plan to stay overnight.

Cost: $5 Annual Passholder, free for kids under 5. Advanced registration required.

PROMO: Mother’s Day Weekend Special

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10

Description: Get your family together and treat mom to beautiful scenery with spring wildflowers. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with online coupon. Download the coupon from chimneyrockpark.com and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid May 9-10, 2015.

Annual Passholders can start the day out with a spectacular sunrise view at our Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast. Not a Passholder? You can upgrade your paid admission ticket; it’s just $13 for adults and $5 for youth.

Cost: Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and Mom or Grandma receives one free

Girl Scout Day & Campout
Date/Time: Saturday May 16-Sunday May 17; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday
Description: For years, Girl Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will also have the opportunity to become a North Carolina State Parks Junior Ranger. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down—our 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars. Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required. Programs details at http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children, $8 per camper

Memorial Day Weekend Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time
: Saturday-Monday, May 23-25; 11am-4pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! Our resident education animals are the stars of the program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Family wildlife programs at 2pm. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on our climbing tower open 11am–4pm.

Cost: Included with Park admission

JUNE EVENTS

National Trails Day
Date/Time: Saturday, June 6; 11am-3pm. Program and hike times vary.
Description: What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than to take a hike! Join a Park naturalist on adventurous guided hikes throughout the day. Check our website, chimneyrockpark.com, for specific trails and times.

Cost: Included with Park admission

National Get Outdoors Day
Date/Time: Saturday, June 13; 11am-3pm. Program and hike times vary
Description: Get outside with your family or friends to promote active adventures in the great outdoors. Park naturalists will offer family-friendly guided hikes throughout the day as well as kids’ activities, then join us in the evening for a fun-filled outdoor movie event! Check our website, chimneyrockpark.com, for trails and times.

Cost: Included with Park admission

4th Annual Movie on the Meadows
Date/Time
: Saturday, June 13; Gate opens at 7:30pm, Movie begins at 9pm
Description: After our family-friendly guided hikes and programs for National Get Outdoors Day, join us for America’s favorite pastime to watch an outdoor movie on the big screen. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight. See chimneyrockpark.com for more details.

Cost: $10 per car, $8 per car Annual Passholders

National Pollinator Week

Date/Time: June 15 – June 21; daily 2pm programs

Description: Appreciate our pollinators with special walks led by a Park naturalist through our pollinator garden and programs to learn why these busy creatures are so important and what we can do to protect them.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Naturalist Niche: Simon Says Summer Birding
Date/Time: Sunday, June 21; 8:30-10:30am
Description: During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney Rock. Join world-traveled expert Simon Thompson on a moderate hike to see and hear these feathered friends, including Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Black-and-white, Hooded and Yellow-throated Warblers. The summer-resident Scarlet Tanagers and Wood Thrushes will likely be singing and establishing their territories. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Simon Says Summer Birding is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Writers on the Rock
Date/Time: Sunday, June 28; 1-4pm
Description: The culture and heritage of Appalachia is an experience like no other, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of storytelling. View the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge as you get to know your favorite author and meet new ones as they give readings, share their experiences and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale. See chimneyrockpark.com for a complete list of authors.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time: June 1-30; daily at 2pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Cost: Included with Park admission

JULY EVENTS

Naturalist Niche: Mountaintop Excursion

Date/Time: Saturday, July 18; 9:30am-12:30pm

Description: Hickory Nut Gorge is home to 36 rare plants and 14 rare animals, making it one of North Carolina’s most significant centers of biodiversity. Follow naturalist Clint Calhoun Off the Beaten Path to see some of his favorite areas in the Park and learn about species living there. Bring your camera and lace up your boots for this moderately strenuous hike. Advance registration is required. Mountaintop Excursion is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time
: July 1-31; daily at 2pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Beats, Burgers and Brews
Date/Time
: Fridays and Saturdays, July 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31-Aug 1; 6-8pm
Location: Old Rock Café
Description: Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats’ 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Free

July 4th Weekend Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time
: Friday-Sunday, July 3-5; 11am-4pm; programs daily at 2pm

Description: Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Programs vary. One free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, open 11am-4pm.

Cost: Included with Park admission

World Ranger Day
Date/Time: Friday, July 31
Description: World Ranger Day commemorates rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect our resources. In honor of rangers worldwide, we’re offering special programs and activities all day on July 31. Kids will have the opportunity take part in Junior Ranger activities, and we’ll be showing The Thin Green Line throughout the day.

Cost: Included with Park admission

AUGUST EVENTS

Mushroom Walks
Date/Time: Fridays, August 14 & August 28; 11am-12pm
Description: You’ll be amazed at the variety of fascinating fungi growing along the Park’s trails. Whet your appetite on this guided hike as we identify and learn about a dozen or so of the most common mushrooms of more than 1,000 species that could be growing in Western N.C. Led by Karen Johnson, member of State Parks and the Asheville Mushroom Club. Limit first 15 people; meet at Grady’s Den. Important: collecting or removing mushrooms and plants from Chimney Rock and all N.C. State Parks is NOT allowed without a permit.

Cost: Included with Park admission

11th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad
Date/Time: Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16
Description: This 3-day family sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Compete in a sprint triathlon, junior Olympiad, 10K Dam run, Race to the Rock and a 2Mile Open Water Championship. Try 3 races in 3 days! Plus, there’s plenty to do and see for families and non-athletes, including games, a beach BBQ, free water ski show and fireworks display. Watch the Olympiad’s promo video to see what it’s all about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0zgoz7VNvw Register for racing events at lakelureolympiad.com.

Cost: Varies; save up to $10 on early registration at lakelureolympiad.com.

9th Annual Race to the Rock (5K run or 25-mile bike)

Date/Time: Sunday, August 16; 7:30am bike, 8am run

Description: 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 what’s left of it. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock.

Cost: Save up to $10 on early registration at lakelureolympiad.com.

Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles
Date/Time: Saturday, August 22; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: Wild edibles have always been a popular topic among naturalists and enthusiasts. Let our team help you identify some local edibles that you might even find in your backyard. This hike will be moderate to strenuous; advance registration is required. Important: collecting or removing mushrooms and plants from Chimney Rock and all N.C. State Parks is NOT allowed without a permit. Wild Edibles is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Labor Day Weekend Family Discovery Programs
Date/Time: Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6; Programs 2pm, Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the 2pm program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on our climbing tower open 11am–4pm.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Mushroom Walks
Date/Time
: Fridays, September 11 & 25; 11am-12pm
Description: You’ll be amazed at the variety of fascinating fungi growing along the Park’s trails. Whet your appetite on this guided hike as we identify and learn about a dozen or so of the most common mushrooms of more than 1,000 species that could be growing in Western N.C. Led by Karen Johnson, member of State Parks and the Asheville Mushroom Club. Limit first 15 people; meet at Grady’s Den. Important: collecting or removing mushrooms and plants from Chimney Rock and all N.C. State Parks is NOT allowed without a permit.

Cost: Included with Park admission

PROMO: Grandparents Day Weekend Special Admission

Date/Time: Sunday and Monday, September 13 & 14
Description: Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 13 & 14 only.

Cost: Buy one adult admission at regular price and get one free youth admission (ages 5-15)

Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk
Date/Time
: Saturday, September 19; 7:30-9:30am
Description: Kick off our Flock to the Rock event with an early bird walk to see which of our feathered friends is out on trails before the Park opens. Advance registration is required. After the walk, stay for Flock to the Rock, the region’s premier fall migration birding event that features live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), bird walks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. For an event schedule, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Flock to the Rock
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19; 11am-3pm
Description: The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. Features live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), bird walks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Chimney Rock is home to 130+ species year-round, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon. For an event schedule, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Take A Child Outside Week
Date/Time: Thurs., Sept 24 – Wed., Sept 30; Family Campout Sat., Sept. 26
Description: Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in NC that features special Ranger-led programs at N.C. state parks. Fun hikes or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to camp beneath the stars on Saturday September 26.
Activities offered daily and open to the public, including a special event, Writers on the Rock for Kids, featuring children’s books about Appalachia and the natural world and readings by a local author. Full schedule at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: All activities except Family Campout are included with Park admission; Camping cost TBD
Writers on the Rock for Kids

Date/Time: Saturday, September 26

Description: Part of Take a Child Outside Week, Writers on the Rock for Kids will feature children’s books about Appalachia and the natural world and readings by a local author. More details to come; visit chimneyrockpark.com

Cost:  Included with Park admission

OCTOBER EVENTS

Annual Passholder Fall Sunrise Breakfast
Date/Time
: Saturday, October 3; gate opens at 6:15am for 7:25 am sunrise
Description: Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure in the fall! The Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. Post your sunrise pictures to our Facebook page. New Passholders are welcome. To RSVP, please call 800-277-9611 by October 1. Check out area accommodations at chimneyrockpark.com if you plan to stay overnight.

Cost: $5 Annual Passholder, free for kids under 5. Advance registration required.

Fall Homeschool Day
Date/Time
: Wednesday, October 14; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: This is Chimney Rock’s most popular homeschool event of the year! Join Park education specialists for fun, interactive programs in a 1000-acre classroom where learning comes alive. Multiple programs are offered for your students to experience a day of “fun learning” they won’t soon forget. All programs are designed to meet NC and SC curriculum standards. Optional afternoon activities will be offered. Program details and rates online at www.chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $12 Adults (includes Park admission), No charge for Annual Passholders, $13 non-member student; $7.50 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Date/Time: Thursday, October 15; 10:15am
Description: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be participating in this nationwide drill and will encourage our guests to take part in the important event.
Cost: Included with Park admission

Fall Leaf Peeping

Date/Time: October 15 – November 15
Description: Witness Western NC’s legendary fall colors from high atop Chimney Rock with up to 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. Some of the region’s most stunning autumn foliage appears here from late-October to early-Nov. due to the lower elevation. A premier leaf peeping destination, the Park offers scenic hiking trails, ancient geological features, nature programs and guided rock climbing that attracts visitors from around the world. Get weekly fall foliage updates at http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Naturalist Niche: Simon Says Fall Birding
Date/Time: Sunday, October 18; 8:30 – 10:30am
Description: Now is the perfect time to start preparing for winter birding. Grab your binoculars and field guide to join world-traveled birding expert Simon Thompson for an early look at which of our feathered friends are staying around for winter. Limited to 15; advance registration required.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Beats, Burgers and Brews
Date/Time
: Fridays and Saturdays, October 9-10, 16-17, 23-24; 6-8pm

Location: Old Rock Café
Description: After leaf peeping, relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in October at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats’ 100% grassfed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Free

Park in the Dark
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24
Description: A non-scary nocturnal family event to support the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Activities may include Storytelling, Campfires, Night Hiking, Wildlife Encounters, Costumed Characters, and More! Visit chimneyrockpark.com for more details.

Cost: TBD

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Fall Girl Scout Day
Date/Time: Saturday, November 7; 9:30am-12:15pm
Description: Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world. With ever-changing programs and expert presenters, Park naturalists continue to offer new programs to meet your scouting needs. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn a patch specific to Chimney Rock and to work with North Carolina State Parks to become a Jr. Ranger. Looking for a little more adventure? Try out rock climbing in the Park or zip lines nearby! For program details, go to chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children

Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop
Date/Time: Sunday, November 8; 8:30am-4pm
Description: Capture vibrant fall foliage, a 404-foot waterfall and up to 75-mile views with your camera at near-peak colors. It’s one of the region’s most affordable workshops. Led by pro photographer Chuck Hill, this workshop is tailored to individual experience and will benefit novices and advanced photographers alike. Topics include wide-angle, telephoto, macro and intimate landscapes; composition, inspiration, post-processing, critique and sharing your photos. Cost includes an Annual Pass (for non-Passholders) and lunch. For more about Chuck, visit http://chuckhillphotography.com.

Cost: $110 or $100 Passholders (fees include an Annual Pass and lunch) *Save $5 off full price if you register by September 30! Advance registration required.

Fall Boy Scout Day
Date/Time: Saturday, November 14; 9:30am-12:15pm
Description: Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world. With ever-changing programs and expert presenters, Park naturalists continue to offer new programs to meet your scouting needs. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn a patch specific to Chimney Rock and to work with North Carolina State Parks to become a Jr. Ranger. Looking for a little more adventure? Try out rock climbing in the Park or zip lines nearby! For program details, go to chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children

PROMO: Veteran’s Day Special: Free Admission

Date/Time: Wed. – Sun., November 11-15

Description: Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, so Chimney Rock would like to honor your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 11-15, 2015. Must present military ID or proof of service. Free admission only for military members with ID, not for entire party.

Naturalist Niche: Survival Skills
Date/Time: Saturday, November 21; 10:30am-12:30pm
Description: When heading off the beaten path, it’s important to stay oriented and know what useful resources you can find in the woods if you happen to get lost. Join local naturalist Clint Calhoun for an adventure into Chimney Rock’s Old Growth Forest where you’ll learn about helpful survival tips, techniques and essential gear. Plus, you’ll discover what makes this forest ecologically remarkable. Limited to 20; advance registration required. Survival Skills is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about wild edibles, plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

DECEMBER EVENTS

Santa on the Chimney
Date/Time: Saturdays, December 5 & 12; 11am-2pm

Description: How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village. This rappelling Santa was recently ranked as one of the “8 Most Extreme Santas in the World” by Buzzfeed.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3XO_DyFtuU

Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides.

Cost: Included with Park admission

 

Naturalist Niche: Papermaking and the Natural World
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12; 10:30am-12:30pm
Description: Nature provides us with living beauty; however, some plants and flowers serve as wonderful materials once dried. This workshop will show you how to use natural and recycled materials to make your own handmade paper. Be sure to bring some dried, pressed flowers of your own to add to your creation! Advance registration is required. Papermaking and the Natural World is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month January – December to learn about wild edibles, plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fascinating outdoor topics!

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

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