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June and July events at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock EventsASHEVILLE NC – Greetings from Chimney Rock! It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner. We have some very special events this June and July, including the return of The Last of the Mohicans for our 5th Annual Movie on the Meadows and an amazing centennial flag raising ceremony early in the morning on the 4th of July. For more details on these and other events throughout the year, visit chimneyrockpark.com.

JUNE EVENTS

 

Family Animal Encounters
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! A Park naturalist 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. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations!

Cost: Included with Park admission         

 

National Trails Day
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4; 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 11; 11am-3pm. Program and hike times vary
Description: Bring your family and friends and join us for a day of outdoor-themed activities, including guided hikes and a special French and Indian War reencampment with Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. Then pack a picnic and enjoy a special viewing of The Last of the Mohicans that evening. It’s a full day of outdoor fun!

Cost: National Get Outdoors Day activities included with Park admission; Movie parking is $10/car, $8/car for Annual Passholders or included with June 11 Park admission receipt. Save $3 on parking with special coupon available only at Lake Lure Ingles with your Advantage Card.

 

5th Annual Movie on the Meadows
Date/Time
: Saturday, June 11; Gate opens at 7:30pm, Movie begins at 9pm
Description: Join us for America’s favorite pastime to watch The Last of the Mohicans on a giant outdoor movie screen surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and under a canopy of stars. Presented by Ingles Markets. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight.

Cost: $10/car, $8/car for Annual Passholders or included with June 11 Park admission receipt. Save $3 on parking with special coupon available only at Lake Lure Ingles with your Advantage Card.

 

Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18; 8:30-10:30am
Description: During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney Rock. A Park naturalist will lead a moderate hike to see and hear our summertime 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. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot. Summer Birding is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

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

 

Father’s Day Weekend Special

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19

Description: Forget the tie! Give dad what he really wants: a getaway to the mountains at Chimney Rock for incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We’ll even make it easy for you–buy one regularly-priced adult admission and dad’s or granddad’s admission is free with our 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 June 18-19, 2016 only.

Cost: Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and Dad or Grampa receives one free

 

National Pollinator Week

Date/Time: June 20 – June 26; daily 2pm programs

Description: We all know honeybees are pollinators, but how about bats? And did you know that birds are attracted to pollinate red flowers more than other kinds of colors? Take a walk through our pollinator garden at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den to learn why pollinators are so important to our world and what we can do to protect them.

Cost: Included with Park admission

 

JULY EVENTS

 

Family Animal Encounters
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! A Park naturalist 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. Animal Encounters meet at Grady’s Animal Discover Den Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations!

Cost: Included with Park admission         

 

Beats, Burgers and Brews
Date/Time
: Fridays and Saturdays, July 1-2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 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; no cover charge and no reservations required.

 

July 4th Weekend Family Fun
Date/Time
: Saturday-Monday, July 2-4; Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounters 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 our Family Animal Encounters, 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. Meet at the Outdoor Classroom on Saturday & Sunday and at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den on Monday for our Animal Encounters. Defy gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, then grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Don’t forget your camera!
Cost: Included with Park admission

 

Centennial Flag Celebration

Date/Time: Monday, July 4; gate opens at 7:30am for 8:30am flag dedication

Description: The first American flag was raised atop Chimney Rock on July 4, 1916. Beginning at 7:30am, this 4th of July, enter the Park to view a special ceremony as the North Carolina state flag joins Old Glory on its centennial birthday. Admission fees will be waived for the first 100 cars during the early opening from 7:30 until 8:30 am; regular admission fees will apply to all others. No buses or RVs can be allowed for early entry. Flag dedication will begin at 8:30am.

Cost: No admission fee for first 100 vehicles during 7:30-8:30am. Included with Park admission for all others.

 

Naturalist Niche: Big Basswood Hike
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: Up and down a bit of slope, between a few boulders and shrubs and weaving beneath tall trees, hikers will be led into a hidden cove where the state’s largest basswood tree lives. Several other large trees are its neighbors, and wildflowers carpet the forest floor. This is a moderately-strenuous hike. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot. Big Basswood Hike is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

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

 

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

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