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Chimney Rock Nature Photography Workshop for Peak Leaves

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will host its biannual Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop led by award-winning WNC photographer Jeff Miller on Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, 2014, from 8:30am-4:00pm on both days in the Park. Chimney Rock’s fall colors are expected to peak around this time, presenting a vibrant landscape with yellow, red and orange hues for leaf peeping shutterbugs. Unique geological rock formations, up to 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge and a 404-foot-tall waterfall, along with diverse plant and animal life, mark Chimney Rock as a top destination for photography in Western North Carolina. Miller’s two-day comprehensive workshop is designed for beginner and experienced photographers and costs $90 ($65 for Annual Passholders) for day one; $100 ($75 for Annual Passholders) for day two, or $170 ($135 for Annual Passholders) for both days. Fees include instruction, lunch and an Annual Pass for non-Passholders. To register, call (800) 277-9611 or register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events.

“Chimney Rock is one of WNC’s most spectacular backdrops for photographers, from its kaleidoscope of fall colors to its dramatic landscapes. It’s not every day your lens can frame an iconic 535-million-year-old rock with long-range panoramic views or the second highest waterfall on the east coast,” said Jeff Miller.

Expert Instruction.  Jeff Miller’s award-winning work has been published in regional, state and national publications and exhibited in galleries and landmark buildings throughout central and western NC. Miller’s two-day, comprehensive workshop will offer an intimate class size with 1-on-1 personal attention, guidance and critiquing to maximize learning opportunities and personal growth. His format strikes a thoughtful balance of classroom instruction with in-the-field guided photography sessions. Topics vary from camera equipment and photography techniques to post-production and exhibition, tailored to individual levels of experience. Participants will learn how to shoot scenes from wide-angle to telephoto, including traditional flower portraits, intimate landscapes and vistas. They will also learn about some of the post-processing tools available to organize, optimize and print digital images.

It is highly recommended that photographers bring a digital SLR camera (with media cards, extra batteries, and user manuals), a tripod, and their favorite lenses to the workshop.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. 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.

About Jeff Miller and Mountain Lens Photography

Renowned WNC photographer Jeff Miller’s award-winning work has appeared in regional, state and national publications, including cover photos for Our State, The Laurel of Asheville and the National Park Service publications. Miller’s photos have been displayed at more than a dozen venues and galleries in Asheville and around central and western North Carolina. Additionally, his work can be seen on display in hotels, offices, restaurants and landmarks around Western NC. Miller is actively involved in photography groups in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, NC, and has given many technical and artistic presentations on photography. He is actively immersed in photography, from workshops and field trips to judging and consulting. He also offers commercial photography and printing services through Mountain Lens photography. Visit Miller’s online gallery at www.mountainlens.com.

Halloween Park in the Dark at Chimney Rock Park

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park will host Park in the Dark, an after-hours event on Halloween night Friday, October 31, from 7:30-10pm. Fun for the whole family, Park in the Dark will feature storytelling, campfires, night hiking, wildlife encounters, costumed characters and more. The 491-step Outcroppings trail and the elevator, both of which lead to the top of Chimney Rock, will be open, providing the opportunity to experience the beauty of Chimney Rock State Park under the stars. Membership in Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is required, and guests must pre-register; folks who are not currently members of the Friends should sign up to join in the fun!

Park in the Dark will launch this year’s membership drive for the Friends of CRSP and will also appreciate the individuals, families and corporations who have already joined the Friends to support their efforts. Friends of CSRP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the state park to sustain and cultivate the rich diversity of the Hickory Nut Gorge region for generations to share and enjoy. Its primary goal is to support the reopening of Chimney Rock State Park’s Skyline trail, which leads to a view of the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Membership to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is $35/year for an individual, $60/year for a family. Additional corporate and other sponsorship levels are also available.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will open its gates at 7pm to admit event-goers. Gates will remain open for 30 minutes, after which no admittance will be permitted. Activities and hiking will take place at the Chimney from 7:30-10pm. Call 800-277-9611 to pre-register; Friends pay just $5 per car parking fee to attend. This event is available to the first 70 registrants only.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. 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.

 

Chimney Rock Announces November and December Events

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Join Chimney Rock for exciting events in November and December.

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshops

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, November 1-2; 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 Jeff Miller, these two one-day workshops are tailored to individual experience, with more advanced concepts on day two. Topics include wide-angle, telephoto, macro and intimate landscapes; composition, inspiration, post-processing, critique and sharing your photos. Mr. Miller is an award-winning photographer published in regional, state and national publications with work exhibited throughout N.C. Cost includes an Annual Pass (for non-Passholders) and lunch each day. For more about Jeff, visit www.mountainlens.com.

Cost: Day 1: $90 or $65 Annual Passholders; Day 2; $100 or $75 Passholders; Both days: $170 or $135 for Passholders (fees include an Annual Pass and lunch each day) *Save $5 per day off full price if you register by September 30! Advance registration required.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=11#E494

 

2nd Annual Climbin’ the Chimney

Date/Time: Saturday, November 8, 11am-3pm

Description: Experience Chimney Rock from a rope with the Southeast’s leader in rock climbing education, Fox Mountain Guides. For beginners, try climbing Vista Rock and rappelling, or for experienced climbers, test your skills on two difficult routes up the Chimney. For a big thrill, try rappelling 200 feet down the Chimney like Santa does every December (costs extra, expert rappellers only)! Profits benefit a local non-profit. All equipment is provided. Book a climbing lesson anytime with Fox at (888) 284-8433.

Cost: Up to four climbs or rappels offered for only $20 plus Park admission.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/park/climbing/index.php

 

Fall Girl Scout Day

Date/Time: Saturday, November 8; 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. 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: Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

Link to Event: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/education/scout.php

 

Veteran’s Day Admission Special

Date/Time: November 7-11

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 7-11, 2014. Must present military ID or proof of service. Free admission only for military members with ID, not for entire party.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=11#E456

 

 

Naturalist Niche Series: Simon Says Bird Walk

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 8; 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), $10 Annual Passholder

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

 

 

Naturalist Niche Series: Survival Skills

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22; 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.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 for Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

 

Fall Boy Scout Day

Date/Time: Saturday, November 15; 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. 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: Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

Link to Event: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/education/scout.php

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

Santa on the Chimney

Date/Time: Saturdays, December 6 & 13; 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

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=12#E402

Writers on the Rock at Chimney Rock

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On September 7 from 1-4pm, ten renowned authors who have written about Appalachia will gather at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to autograph books, give readings and be available for one-on-one chats with fans. Diane Norman, Managing Editor of the Hendersonville Times-News, will host the event and local poet Eddie Cabbage will provide Poetry on Demand. Books will be available for sale at a table manned by event sponsor Fountainhead Bookstore of Hendersonville. Writers on the Rock is included with Park admission, which is $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 5-15 and free for children ages 4 and under.

“Writers on the Rock give guests a unique opportunity to see their favorite authors in person and to meet new ones,” says Shannon Quinn-Tucker, Public Relations and Promotions Manager. “Appalachia is rich with history and culture, and we’ve invited authors who have made their mark in the literary world, using Appalachia as a backdrop for their stories. We’re excited to be able to offer this event to the public and give folks the chance to meet some of the authors they’ve read and loved for years.”

Bibliophiles can view the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge as they browse dozens of titles; they can also purchase books the authors have signed. Genres ranging from memoirs to cookbooks, suspense to poetry will be available. Local poet Eddie Cabbage will provide Poetry on Demand, improvisational poems for guests typed on the spot on his trusty vintage typewriter.

Fans are encouraged to come early, as authors will begin speaking shortly after 1pm.

WAYNE CALDWELL: Cataloochee; Requiem by Fire

Wayne is a native of Asheville NC and is a product of Enka High School. His academic training happened at UNC-CH, Appalachian State University and Duke University. Since 1976 he has worked in the family’s furniture and interior design business, Ambiance Interiors. He is the author of prize-winning short stories and two novels, Cataloochee (2007) and Requiem by Fire (2010), the latter of which won the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the WNC Historical Association. He wrote the sixth chapter of a collaborative novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Burning Bush Press, 2011). A poem, “Woodsmoke,” appeared in Appalachian Heritage (Fall 2011). “Rattlesnakes,” a short story about Asheville’s proposed 1980 downtown mall, appeared in 27 Views of Asheville (Eno Publishers, 2012). A short story, “Donation Jar,” was published in Drafthorse’s Winter 2013 issue (www.drafthorse.org). He received the James Still Award, for excellence in writing about the Appalachian South, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2013. A third novel, Memoirs of an Unambitious Lawyer, was a finalist for the Lee Smith Fiction Prize from Carolina Wren Press and is seeking a publisher. In his spare time he works up firewood.

MARK DE CASTRIQUE: A Murder in Passing

Mark was born in Hendersonville, NC.  He went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series and launched his mystery writing career. Mark is the author of thirteen novels, most of which are set in western NC. His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE wrote, “As important and as impressive as the author’s narrative skills are the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.” Mark lives in Charlotte, but he and his wife Linda can be often found in the mountains of NC.

TOMMY HAYS:  What I Came To Tell You; The Pleasure Was Mine; In the Family Way

Tommy’s first middle grade novel, What I Came to Tell You, was chosen as a Fall 2013 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and was recommended by The Atlanta Constitution as one of 12 books of 2013 for younger readers. His novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award and has been chosen for numerous community reads. His other novels are Sam’s Crossing, which has been recently re-released, and In the Family Way, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He directs the Great Smokies Writing Program and is Core Faculty for the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he received his BA in English from Furman University and graduated from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  For more information please go to www.tommyhays.com.

JEREMY B. JONES: Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland

Jeremy’s essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays and are published or forthcoming in Oxford American, Brevity, and Our State Magazine, among others. He received his MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. He hails from Henderson County, NC, where his people have been digging into the soil for over two centuries. Visit thejeremybjones.com for more information.

VICKI LANE: The Day of Small Things; Signs in the Blood

Vicki is the author of The Day of Small Things and the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries which include Signs in the Blood, Art’s Blood, Old Wounds, Anthony-nominated In a Dark Season, and Under the Skin. She also teaches in UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Vicki draws her inspiration from rural western North Carolina where she and her family have tended a mountainside farm since 1975.

ROBERT MORGAN: The Road from Gap Creek

 

Robert is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most notably his novel Gap Creek and his biography of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. A professor at Cornell University since 1971 and visiting writer-in-residence at half a dozen universities, his awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Find him online at www.robert-morgan.com.

 

HEATHER NEWTON: Under The Mercy Trees

 

Heather’s debut novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”). Her fiction has appeared in 27 Views of Asheville, The Drum, Crucible, Encore Magazine, Lonzie’s Fried Chicken and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers, a writers’ collective that sponsors workshops, salons and other events for the western North Carolina literary community. She works full time as an attorney and teaches creative writing for the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, NC, where she lives with her husband and daughter. You can learn more about Heather at www.heathernewton.net.

 

LEANNA SAIN: Gate to Nowhere; Return to Nowhere, Magnolia Blossoms

 

Leanna earned her BA from the University of South Carolina and has lived in the mountains of western NC for twenty-three years with her best friend and husband. She has two grown sons whom she homeschooled and her first grandson on the way. Her Gate trilogy (Gate to Nowhere, Return to Nowhere, Magnolia Blossoms) captures readers with its strong, sometimes snarky characters, gripping dialogue, and vivid descriptions set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Readers who enjoy regional fiction or suspense with a magical twist will love her books. Beginning with Emma Franklin’s journey through a rusty iron gate into the past, the saga follows the fictional Scottish emigrant-turn-apple farmer, Gavin MacKinlay and family from the early 1800’s to the Civil War. The books have received a historical stamp of approval from the North Carolina Society of Historians by winning the Clark Cox Historical Fiction award. Other awards include Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year, and nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the Global E-book Award. Contact Leanna by visiting her website: www.LeannaSain.com and send her an email. She especially loves public speaking and meeting with book clubs.

ROSE SENEHI: Dancing on Rocks

Rose is known for her romantic thrillers told against a backdrop of environmental concerns. The last four of her seven novels are centered around the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock State Park and the surrounding Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Dancing on Rocks, that takes place in the village of Chimney Rock, is the latest stand-alone book in the series, which also includes Render Unto The Valley (Winner of the 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction-Southeast), In The Shadows of Chimney Rock and The Wind In The Woods. In her Blue Ridge series of stand-alone novels, Senehi gently reveals the story of the heroic efforts of the land conservancies and the people who stand behind them. And, of course, these historically accurate novels are threaded through with suspense, romance and the unique flavor and history of the beloved mountains of the southern Blue Ridge.

Senehi, who resides in the village of Chimney Rock, very much enjoys public speaking, meeting with book clubs, and hearing from her readers, and can be contacted by email at: [email protected]. She invites you to visit her two websites: www.rosesenehi.com and www.hickorynut-gorge.com.

ELIZABETH L. SIMSTupelo Honey Café: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen; Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains

Elizabeth is a communications professional with a background in strategic marketing, brand management, advertising, public relations, journalism and published writing. She began her communications company in 2009, following her role as Vice President of Marketing Communications for The Biltmore Company in Asheville, NC. She is the past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance and worked on behalf of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary. She is the Vice President of marketing communications for Tupelo Honey and co-authored the Tupelo Honey cookbooks with chef Brian Sonoskus. The cookbooks capture the creative and independent spirit of Asheville NC through full-color photos of the food, locals, area farmer’s markets and farms, in addition to vintage photography of the city. Tupelo Honey has expanded from two locations in Asheville to Knoxville, Johnson City, Chattanooga, Greenville SC and Charlotte and will soon open restaurants in Raleigh, Myrtle Beach, Arlington and Virginia Beach VA and Atlanta.

EDDIE CABBAGE: Poetry on Demand

Eddie Cabbage grew up in Central Florida and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2003. He splits his time between Chimney Rock/Lake Lure and Asheville. He is a nationally published freelance writer, wordsmith, and typewriter poet and can be found busking on the street or in many regular Asheville venues. He creates custom poetry for strangers and new friends with his Poetry On Demand using one of his many vintage typewriters. His poetry and prose is influenced by the mountains, travel, adventure and sometimes delicious Asheville craft beer.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. Beyond its stunning 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock offers scenic hiking, rock climbing, animal habitats and educational events year-round. The Park’s 404-foot waterfall was featured in The Last of the Mohicans’ final 17 minutes. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC. Call 800-277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

October Events at Chimney Rock

Friday, August 15th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock announces October events.

Annual Passholder Fall Sunrise Breakfast

Date/Time: Saturday, October 4; gate opens 6:15am for 7:25am 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.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E464

Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes

Date/Time: Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; 11am-noon

Description: Explore Chimney Rock’s trails with a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger to learn about plants, wildlife, geology and more along the way. Or, we’ll head “off the beaten path” to discover less-traveled areas of the park. Topics vary; included with park admission. Limited to the first 15 people. Offered every Saturday at 11am from May-October, weather permitting. More details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E557

Grady’s Wildlife of WNC

Date/Time: Every Sat. & Sun. in October; 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; 2pm

Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s live 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. Programs vary. Held in the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows, weather permitting.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E550

Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock

Date/Time: Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25; 6-8pm

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

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E568

Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Big Basswood Hike

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11; 9:30-11:30am

Description: Up and down a bit of slope, between a few boulders and shrubs and weaving beneath towering fall foliage, hike into a hidden forest cove. Renowned naturalist Ron Lance will guide you to where the state’s largest basswood tree lives, with a circumference of more than 13 feet! Several other large trees are its neighbors and wildflowers carpet the forest floor. This 2-hour-plus hike is moderately-strenuous and not suitable for children under 12. Limited to 15; advance registration required.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 for Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Ridge Hike with Ron Lance

Date/Time: Saturday, October 25; 9:30-12:30pm

Description: Soak up Western NC’s legendary fall colors on the most scenic hike all year long! Venture high atop the ridges of Chimney Rock State Park some 1,500 feet above the valley floor, where you’ll enjoy dramatic views surrounded in a sea of stunning fall leaf colors. Led by renowned naturalist Ron Lance, this 3-hour hike is moderately strenuous. Limited to 15; advance registration required. (Photo by Stacy Redmon, www.redrockphoto.zenfolio.com)

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 for Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

Fall Homeschool Day

Date/Time: October 15; 9:45am-noon

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. Program details and rates online at www.chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

Fall Leaf Peeping at Chimney Rock

Date/Time: October 15 – November 7

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 color updates at http://chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php

Chimney Rock Announces September Events

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC –

Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes

Date/Time: Saturdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; 11am-noon

Description: Explore Chimney Rock’s trails with a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger to learn about plants, wildlife, geology and more along the way. Or, we’ll head “off the beaten path” to discover less-traveled areas of the park. Topics vary; included with park admission. Limited to the first 15 people. Offered every Saturday at 11am from May-October, weather permitting. More details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=09#E557

 

 

Wild Mushroom Walks

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 5 & 19; 10-11am

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

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=09#E540

 

Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Wildflower Hike

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 13; 9:30-11:30am

Description: Beat the leaf peeping crowd by seeking magnificent fall flowers along Chimney Rock’s trails with renowned naturalist and author Ron Lance. Many folks think spring is the peak wildflower season, but flowers are in bloom much of the year at Chimney Rock. Expect to see blooming beauties such as asters, Pink Turtlehead, boneset and more! Limited to 15; advance registration required.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

 

 

Naturalist Niche Series: Rock On!

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept.  27; 9:30-11:30am

Description: Ancient towering rock formations in Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge capture the imagination of visitors from around the world. Get a brief introduction to the area’s geological history, then explore some of the Park’s incredible rock outcroppings on a guided hike. Limited to 20; advance registration required. Join an expert naturalist on park trails every 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month April-November to learn about wild edibles, plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fun outdoor topics.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

 

 

 

6th Annual Flock to the Rock

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21; 8:30am-2pm Sat.; Simon’s Early Bird walk 7:30am Sunday
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; the “Early Bird” walk is extra

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=09#E394

 

 

Take A Child Outside Week

Date/Time: September 24 – 30

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. Activities offered daily and open to the public. Check out our special family programs on Sept. 27-28. Full schedule at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: One free child admission with each paid regular-price adult. Some events are free.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=09#E552

July Events Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock State Park announces July’s variety of outdoor events and activities.

Family Fun Nature Programs

Daily 2pm at Outdoor Classroom. Included with Park admission.

Join us for a variety of family programs about wildlife, plants, trees, ancient rocks and more! See chimneyrockpark.com for program topics.

Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes

Every Saturday, 11am-noon. Meet at Cliff Dwellers Gifts. Included with Park admission; limited to first 15 people.

Explore the popular Hickory Nut Falls trail with a Park naturalist and learn about its plants, wildlife, geology and more along the way.

4th of July Weekend Family Fun

Friday-Saturday, July 4-6; programs 2pm, climbing tower open 11am-4m.

Included with Park admission.

Meet Grady the Groundhog or some or our other animal ambassadors up close, and get one free climb per person on our climbing tower — then stand under Old Glory atop Chimney Rock for the family photo op of the year!

Beats, Burgers & Brews

Fridays and Saturdays, 6-8pm every weekend in July and first weekend of August at the Old Rock Café. No cover charge and no reservations required.

Elevator Reopens at Chimney Rock State Park

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The elevator at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has reopened to the public after repairs due to power issues were completed. Visitors to the Park will now have the option of walking to the top of the Chimney via the 491 steps of the Outcroppings Trail or taking the 35-second elevator ride, which opens into the Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli.  A boardwalk from the Sky Lounge accesses the final 44 steps to the top of the “Rock.”

“We’re thrilled that everyone can once again reach the top of Chimney Rock,” says Chimney Rock State Park General Manager Mary Jaeger-Gale. “Chimney Rock is unique in that it offers a spectacular view for people of all ages and abilities. Our 26-story elevator makes it possible for people who might not be able to hike or climb to experience our 75-mile, panoramic views.”

Power-related and leveling issues had rendered the elevator inoperable for weeks at a time for a little over a year. In November of 2013, North Carolina State Parks and Chimney Rock Management, LLC mutually agreed to cease operations of the elevator until its problems could be remedied. State Park Superintendent James Ledgerwood says these issues have been resolved:

The state parks system has been committed to keeping all the infrastructure at Chimney Rock State Park safe and in good repair, so that visitors of all ages and physical abilities can enjoy this scenic treasure.  The unique location of the elevator has provided a multitude of challenges that have required many minds to come together to ensure a reliable elevator.  I am pleased that these issues have been corrected and access has been restored.”

Because the elevator served as the secondary egress for the popular Sky Lounge Gift Shop and Deli, it was closed as well. The Sky Lounge is now open and offers souvenirs, local crafts and grab and go snack options and ice cream.

The elevator originally opened in 1949 as the tallest in North Carolina. It took eight tons of dynamite to blast the Park elevator’s 258-foot-high shaft and 198-foot-long tunnel through solid granite.

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. 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 a hiking trail to 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.

The Last of the Mohicans Returns to Chimney Rock

Friday, June 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s not often that movie fans get to watch their favorite flick where it was filmed. For the 3rd Annual Movie on the Meadows, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Ingles Markets will be presenting The Last of the Mohicansoutdoors on a 35-foot screen on June 21, 2014, surrounded by the dramatic rock cliffs and 404-foot waterfall that appear in the epic 1992 blockbuster. The movie showing at 9 p.m. will be preceded by French and Indian War reenactments and musket firings at 11a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and a special French and Indian War display on the Meadows presented by volunteers from state historical site Fort Dobbs.

Special event parking on the Meadows begins at 6:00 p.m. and is $12 per car or $8 per car for Annual Passholders. $3 discount coupons for parking are available now through June 21 exclusively at the Lake Lure Ingles Market. Guests who show their same day Park admission receipt will receive complimentary parking.  More event details are available at www.chimneyrockpark.com.

“Watching The Last of the Mohicans surrounded by the soaring cliffs and magnificent, panoramic views of Chimney Rock is a truly unique experience,” said Shannon Quinn-Tucker, PR & Promotions Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “The movie does an incredible job of showcasing the beauty of WNC and Chimney Rock. Hundreds of people travel to Chimney Rock from around the world every year to see where The Last of the Mohicans was filmed. We’re looking forward to welcoming fans to this year’s movie and special daytime presentations.”

French and Indian War Reenactments: Movie fans are invited to come early for fun Mohican adventures—Costumed interpreters from Fort Dobbs will provide living history programming to illustrate what life was like on the NC frontier during the war. Soldiers will interpret period military camp life and cooking and will also demonstrate the use of black powder flintlock muskets. The French and Indian War was fought between the colonies of England and France, as well as dozens of American Indian tribes, from 1754-1763 and was part of a global war for empire. English settlement in western NC had reached as far as the Catawba River. The colonial frontier was defended by Fort Dobbs, located in present-day Statesville. Fort Dobbs is operated as a State Historic Site by the Department of Cultural Resources.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the movie screening that will run from 9-11 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will be provided, and concessions will be available. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring flashlights to find their way after dark and blankets or camping chairs for casual seating on the grassy Meadows. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

WNC on the Big Screen. Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has attracted the filming of countless international blockbuster movies, from The Hunger Games, which was released in 2012 and was shown at Chimney Rock’s Movie on the Meadows on September 7, 2013, to Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze. The annual Dirty Dancing festival will be held August 15-16, 2014 near where it was filmed in Lake Lure, N.C. Additionally, Chimney Rock was featured in A Breed Apart starring Powers Booth and the 1984 movie Firestarter, based on the book by Stephen King, starring Drew Barrymore and George C. Scott.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. Beyond its stunning 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock offers scenic hiking, rock climbing, Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and educational events year-round. The Park was featured in The Last of the Mohicans’ final 17 minutes. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

About Ingles Markets Since Robert P. Ingle opened his first store in 1963, Ingles Markets has been committed to the communities in which we serve.  This tradition of giving continues at Ingles today. Visit www.ingles-markets.com.

About Mast General The Original Mast General Store in the rural community of Valle Crucis, North Carolina is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as “one of the best remaining examples of an old country store.” From Valle Crucis, the Mast Store has grown into a family of stores along historic Main Streets in Boone, Waynesville, Hendersonville, and Asheville in North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. Each building has a history all its own and features most everything you’ll need for life. Learn more or plan your visit at www.MastStore.com.

Hickory Nut Falls Trail Open at Chimney Rock

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – After almost a year and a half closure due to a massive rock slide, the Hickory Nut Falls trail at Chimney Rock State Park has reopened, just in time for guests to enjoy the springtime beauty of one of the most popular attractions of the Park. State contractors and NC State Parks with the support of  Chimney Rock Management, LLC cleared 300 metric tons of rock and other materials that crashed down the side of the mountain, demolishing a wooden walking bridge and covering part of the trail. Although the observation area at the base of the falls remains closed for repairs, guests are still able to hike to the end of the trail to view the 404-foot falls.

“We’re incredibly proud of our trails and maintenance teams for working so hard alongside State Parks to clear the Hickory Nut Falls Trail,” says Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager of Chimney Rock Management, LLC. “The Falls trail is an iconic part of Chimney Rock State Park and is a main attraction for our guests. It was important to us that we reopen it as soon as possible while ensuring the utmost safety of our visitors.”

Massive Rockslide Caused Extensive Damage On the evening of November 12, 2012, residents in the Chimney Rock area reported hearing a loud, rumbling sound from the mountain. The next morning, State Parks and Chimney Rock Management employees discovered that heavy rains had dislodged giant boulders, including a 2,000-ton rock slab that had fallen 340 feet from an overhanging ledge above the Hickory Nut Falls Trail, which shattered before continuing down the cliff face. The impact of the rock ruptured the ground’s surface on another ledge, causing the ground to slide, splintering trees and dislodging more boulders, some of which went airborne and sheared 10-inch diameter trees. Boulders as large as 10 tons continued to roll, bounce and fly down the slope toward the trail. Some boulders came to rest as far as 200 feet below the trail. Within the path of destruction was the trail’s 230-foot bridge. Three thousand cubic yards of loose, unstable deposits of rocks, boulders, soil, broken trees and stumps littered the area.

Repair work intensive After assessing the damage, special contractors began work above the slide area to ensure the safety of workers on the trail below. Other contractors began removing the damaged bridge, which had to be done piece by piece. Due to the width of the trail, only small pieces of equipment, such as a track hoe and a small skid steer, could be used to remove debris. Each of the bridge’s three 80-foot beams were removed in 40-foot sections, and many small rocks and other debris were removed by hand.

Long-time popular attraction The Hickory Nut Falls Trail began as a Jeep trail, installed in 1963 to access the 404-foot waterfall at its end. Today, the ¾-mile trail boasts hardwood forests of oak, hickory, maple, beech, poplar, locust and basswood that harbor abundant plant life, which includes rare and endangered wildflowers as well as old favorites like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Solomon’s-seal. The 404-foot waterfall feeds from Fall Creek, which winds through the Hickory Nut Gorge. The trail and its falls were prominently featured in the 1992 blockbuster hit, The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe, and have long been a favorite visiting spot for Park guests.

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. 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.