ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering more local “flavors” at its restaurant, the Old Rock Cafe, starting the 4th of July weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. throughout July, local artists will perform at Beats, Burgers & Brews with no cover charge at the Old Rock Café next to the park entrance. The music series kicks off July 5 with West End String Band and July 6 with Grits and Soul, two bluegrass/Americana bands. The Old Rock Café’s local flavors include WNC craft beers, best enjoyed while relaxing outdoors on their riverside deck, along with Hickory Nut Gap’s 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full lineup of bands is listed below and online at chimneyrockpark.com.
The park’s climbing tower will be open to kids for a free climb at noon-3 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday, July 4-7, and every following Saturday and Sunday in July with paid park admission, weather permitting. Try real rock climbing during a two-hour, half- or full-day lesson with Fox Mountain Guides anytime by booking in advance at (888) 284-8433.
Fuel your hiking and climbing with a family picnic at Chimney Rock with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and 20-oz. soft drink or bottled water from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, July 4-6, next to Cliff Dwellers Gifts.
Award-winning Mountain Music. National storyteller and award-winning old-time musician John Fowler will perform authentic Appalachian storytelling and songs at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6 at Chimney Rock’s Meadows area. Park musician John Mason will be playing music from old time to ragtime on a hammered dulcimer daily in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.
Additionally, Grady’s Wildlife of WNC family-friendly programs will be offered every day in July (except July 4-7) at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the park closing at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and children under five are admitted free.
July Bands Lineup at the Old Rock Café:
July 5 – West End String Band, Bluegrass/Americana
July 6 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 12 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 13 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 19 – Dulci Ellenberger, Singer-songwriter
July 20 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 26-27 – Taylor Martin, Folk/Americana
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular international outdoor travel destinations and has been for more than 100 years. Known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock’s unique hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world. It’s the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.
About John Fowler
With family ties to the Southern Appalachians, John Fowler presents a rich anthology of Appalachian stories and songs collected from generations of Carolina old-timers, ballad singers and storytellers. He has shared his talents at festivals, classrooms and performance halls coast-to-coast for 25 years. On stage, John’s performances for all ages are hilarious, creative, energetic and historically informative. He is a master harmonica player and has won awards at national banjo and guitar competitions like the prestigious Mountain Dance Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C. He co-produces a very popular old-time music show, “This Old Porch” on NC public radio WNCW 88.7. Learn more at www.hairytoeproductions.com.