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Highlands Siler Bald Hike

Friday, May 29th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 11 join the Highlands Biological Foundation for a guided hike to the top of Siler Bald in the Nantahala National Forest near Franklin, NC with trip leaders John and Jennie Stowers.  The trip offers beautiful panoramic views including Nantahala Lake to the west and Standing Indian Mountain to the south.  This hike is difficult in sections and will be approximately 4 miles round trip.  The climb will ascend through rhododendron thickets, a deciduous mixed hardwood forest.  We will see and discuss ancient oak trees and a true southern Appalachian bald at the summit of the trail.  This trip will depart from Highlands, NC at 10:00 am and return to Highlands at 3:00pm.  Cost is $15 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation and $35 for new members.

For more information about the Biological Station and our three components:  The Highlands Nature Center, the Botanical Garden and the Biological Laboratory, and learn more about our many programs, workshops and classes.  Visit our website:  www.highlandsbiological.org.

 

Chimney Rock in the Moonlight

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On Saturday, March 7, from 7-10pm, visitors to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park can view the Park after hours during Park in the Moonlight. A family-friendly nocturnal event, Park in the Moonlight is a fundraiser to benefit Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. The Friends organization supports Chimney Rock State Park projects, including State Parks’ efforts to reopen the portion of the popular Skyline trail that leads to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. The event will feature campfire stories by the Park’s superintendent, Creatures of the Night(a program by Chimney Rock Mgmt. naturalists), stargazing with the Asheville Astronomy Club and a hike to and from the top of the Chimney with State Park Rangers. The Outcroppings trail and the elevator will be open so everyone can experience the beauty of Chimney Rock under the stars.

Guests will be admitted by vehicle, and space is limited to the first 50 cars to pre-register. 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. A minimum donation of $10 per car is suggested. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. Call 800-277-9611 to pre-register.

 

About Friends of Chimney Rock State Park

Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is a 501(c)(3) 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’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. Visit friendsofchimneyrockstatepark.org for more information and to join.

 

 

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 can be accessed via a 491-step Outcroppings Trail or a 26-story elevator and 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. 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. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.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.

Chimney Rock Awarded Favorite State Park

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock won the platinum award for Favorite State Park in Blue Ridge Country‘s 2013 Best of the Mountains poll, which covers seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. Readers awarded the park three more platinum honors for Best Hike to Take the Dog Along, Best Birding Area and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot. Chimney Rock was also awarded three golds for Best Hiking Trail (non-AT), Best Scenic Photo Opportunity and Best Waterfall.

Chimney Rock is perhaps best known for its 75-mile panoramic views from atop a 535-million-year-old rock monolith, conveniently accessed via an elevator inside the mountain. This family-friendly outdoor destination has an abundance of scenic hiking, guided rock climbing, nature education programs and adventures worthy of summer vacations that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock’s inspiring mountain scenery was featured in The Last of the Mohicans. Kids love Grady the Groundhog’s Animal Discovery Den and the Great Woodland Adventure trail, with its 13 interactive discovery stations. In fall 2012, Budget Travel featured Chimney Rock on its cover, stating “America the Beautiful: Why leave home when home looks like this?”

For upcoming live music, guided hikes and signature events, visit Chimney Rock’s online events calendar.

“Chimney Rock has a lot of longtime, passionate fans and friends that eagerly shared their feelings to help earn these impressive honors.  These awards are really about our fans throughout the country and their love and support for this beautiful mountain paradise in Western North Carolina,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, Chimney Rock’s general manager.

Held only every five years, the Best of the Mountains poll features a variety of reader-selected awards, from best waterfall to best southern cooking. Ballots produced almost 250 platinum, gold and silver awards for cities, attractions, people and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Winners can be found in Blue Ridge Country’s online 25th anniversary edition.

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 attracts 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 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C.  and 95 miles west of Charlotte on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

Go “Wild” on Your Family Spring Break at Chimney Rock April 1-5

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Get in touch with your wild side by escaping to this family-friendly vacation spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll have a chance to explore a variety of outdoor adventures at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, from scenic hiking to free family nature programs with live critters on April 1-5. See spring’s first wildflowers blooming, enjoy an ice cream cone on the Sky Lounge patio and savor the stunning 75-mile views from the Chimney overlooking Lake Lure. Programs are no additional cost with paid Park admission, which is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids under 5.

Wild Critter Nature Programs.  Wondering what the wild critters that roam our forests are up to these first few weeks of spring? They’re certainly not on “break!” Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends daily at 2-2:30 p.m. on April 1-5 to discover what they’re doing to get ready for a busy season.  The 30-minute nature programs on wildlife are great for kids and families. Meet a Park naturalist at the new Outdoor Classroom by the pavilion at 2pm. In case of rain, programs will be moved indoors to the Classroom on the Meadows.

Afterward, meet more of Grady’s friends at the Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows. Then take a stroll along the Great Woodland Adventure trail to learn more about these interesting critters at 13 interactive discovery stations.

What’s Blooming Now. Chimney Rock typically features an abundance of spectacular wildflowers in spring and fall with more than 550 species of vascular plants. Currently in bloom are the cut-leaf toothwort, bloodroot and Little Sweet Betsy Trillium at lower elevations in the Park.  Phacelia, violets, redbud, spicebush and more trillium often appear in early April. Typical flowering trees and shrubs include magnolias, black locust, dogwood, and later in April, Carolina rhododendron. For more details on guided wildflower walks and the latest report on what’s blooming, visit chimneyrockpark.com or Chimney Rock’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChimneyRockParkNC.

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 40 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Chimney Rock Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at Chimney Rock

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Mother’s Day Spring Wildflower Walk at Chimney Rock

Date: Saturday, May 12; 1-3pm

Location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Cost: $19 for Adults, $3 for Annual Passholders, $10 for Youth (ages 6-15), $2 for Grady’s Kids Club Members (includes Park admission for the day)

Celebrate Mother’s Day surrounded by blooming wildflowers on a beautiful spring hike. Bring your daughters, girl friends or the whole family! On a quest to see a dazzling variety of Park wildflowers, be prepared to walk up to a couple miles with frequent stops to study in detail some of the Park’s 700+ species of known plants. Bring a camera – you’ll have a chance to photograph some flowers along the way! Meet wildflower photographer Steven Faucette for the hike in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts at 1pm.

Link to Event: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

Go Wild on Spring Break at Chimney Rock!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Get back in touch with your wild side by escaping to one of the most popular outdoor travel destinations in the Southeast! Seek out fun family adventures at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park learning about the wild critters that roam their forests and the colorful wildflowers and trees blooming this spring. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, let the natural beauty amaze you and enjoy one of the Park’s popular free programs or a guided hike. Park admission is $9/adult, $4/youth (ages 6-15) and free for kids under 6.

Wildlife of Western N.C. Program

Monday, April 9 at 11 a.m., meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows

Join a Park Naturalist to find out about various wildlife that call Chimney Rock and Western NC home. Get up close and personal with a few of these cool critters and discover many fun facts about them.

Wonderful World of Reptiles Program

Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m., meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows

In North America, reptiles are everywhere, especially in the Southeast. Like it or not, we share our home with these cold-blooded creatures! You’ll enjoy learning the natural history and conservation of our scaly friends with the help of some live animals.

Family Guided Hike on the Hickory Nut Falls Trail

Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m., meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop

Wildflowers and tree blossoms are springing up along the Hickory Nut Falls trail, which leads to the one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi at 404 feet. We’ll explore the trees, plants, geology and Park history while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

In case of rain, programs will be moved to the Classroom on the Meadows.

“Simon Says” Bird Walks Begin at Chimney Rock April 1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – An early spring is causing wintering birds in the Southern U.S., including Blue-headed Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, to migrate north ahead of their normal migration schedule, says local expert Simon Thompson. Birds that typically migrate to Western North Carolina from the Tropics in the spring, however, will most likely be on time.

To learn more about spring migration and birding, bird watchers of all levels are invited to join world-traveled ornithologist Simon Thompson for the “Simon Says” Guided Bird Walk: Early Bird Arrivals 8:30-11:30am on Sunday, April 1 at Chimney Rock State Park. The cost for each three-hour bird walk is $23/adult (16 and older) and $6/Annual Passholder and includes Park admission for the day. Registration is required three days in advance; register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events or call (828) 625-9611.

“Many of our resident birds, such as Carolina Wrens, Chickadees and Eastern Bluebirds, are starting to search for places to nest now,” said Simon Thompson, Ornithologist for Chimney Rock. “On our first birdwalk, we can expect to see some Black-and-white Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos. And if we’re lucky, we might see large flocks of Broad-winged Hawks migrating north.”

Simon Says Guided Bird Walk: Early Bird Arrivals

April 1, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Many of the Park’s breeding birds are singing and wildflowers are starting to bloom now. Join Simon Thompson in seeking out Black-and-white Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos along the Hickory Nut Falls trail, as well as many of our resident birds that are looking for places to nest. Now is the perfect time to learn bird songs that will help you identify these feathered friends.

Chimney Rock is an official site on the NC Birding Trail and hosts the region’s premier fall migration event, Flock to the Rock. Learn more about birding at Chimney Rock and download the complete Guide to Birding at Chimney Rock online at http://chimneyrockpark.com/park/nature/northcarolinabirds.php.

Next Bird Walk:

Simon Says Guided Bird Walk: Breeding Birds

June 3, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

It’s a time of frenzied activity for many resident birds. World-traveled expert Simon Thompson will identify several of our local woodpeckers including Downy, Hairy and Pileated. Some are already nesting and may be feeding their young. Meanwhile, songs of Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos can be heard throughout the Park. You might spot one of their camouflaged hanging nests along our trails!

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. In 2012, the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was filmed in Chimney Rock. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.

About Simon Thompson

World-traveled birding expert Simon Thompson has been leading guided bird walks at Chimney Rock since 1989 and is the author of the guide “Birds of Chimney Rock.” He is the owner and guide of Ventures Birding Tours based in Asheville, N.C. Ventures offers local bird watching trips to many local WNC birding hotspots, as well as tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. From looking at warblers in the Blue Ridge to big game safaris in Africa, Ventures offers a wide range of bird watching and nature activities. Learn more or book a tour at www.birdventures.com.

Mr. Thompson is also co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville. In addition to selling excellent quality bird seed and feeders, they offer a great selection of bird houses, bird books, nature-related gifts and much more. Simon, Chris and the rest of the WBU staff can help you with any of your bird questions. Check out their website at www.asheville.wbu.com.

WCU Students Show the Way to Great Outdoors

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Guides detailing how and where to enjoy fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, snow sports, waterfalls and whitewater paddling close to Western Carolina University have been posted online and printed, and a guide about climbing is coming soon. The recently released Whee Adventure Guides were developed as part of a class project completed by students last spring in the parks and recreation management course “High Adventure Travel and Outfitting.”

The student-created Whee Adventure Guides are available online and at various locations on campus.The student-created Whee Adventure Guides are available online and at various locations on campus.

“When I first introduced this project to the students last spring, there was unanimous agreement that the previous guides needed to be updated and definitely printed in color this time around,” said Debby Singleton, coordinator of health liberal studies and instructor of parks and recreation management and health and physical education.

The students reviewed the original guides produced in 2005 and formed groups to update them by researching and rewriting content, visiting adventure locations and taking photographs. They also developed a timeline for project completion with deadlines for each section and a grading rubric with points. Group team leaders met with staff from creative services at WCU and, with Shannon Cronkrite as designer for the project, created full-color, foldable guides and discussed the process of getting them in a printable format. Photos selected to be used in the guides were submitted by students, the instructor, Base Camp Cullowhee staff, Todd Murdock from Educational Talent Search-Project Discovery, Cataloochee Ski Area, and photographers Mark Haskett and Ashley Evans from the WCU Office of Public Relations.

In addition, the students researched funding options and applied for and won a $600 grant from The Honors College to print 150 copies of each guide at the print shop on campus.

“These Whee Adventure Guides are not just a class project that demonstrates synthesis of learning,” said Singleton. “They are also a valuable tool for students, parents and visitors to use to explore the abundance of outdoor opportunities close to Cullowhee.”

The printed guides are now available in Reid Gym, Base Camp Cullowhee, Human Services Department, and the Honors College, and Singleton said she and the students hope other departments interested in using them will help with future printing costs. Meanwhile, Carla Parrish, administrative support associate assisting with technology needs in the College of Education and Allied Professions, created a website where the guides can be downloaded and printed, and linked it to the parks and recreation management website.

Singleton cited the project as a great example of WCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan and said students working in the field of parks and recreation management will most likely have to create maps, guides, program brochures or other creative pieces during their careers.

“They may not be graphic designers, but they need to be able to articulate their ideas and work with creative professionals,” said Singleton. “The class’ main focus is on adventure travel – history, risk and safety implications, trip planning and logistics, trends, and ethical issues. Although we explore national and international adventure travel, I also wanted students to understand that adventure travel happens in their local areas as well, which is evident from the multitude of activities we have close to Cullowhee.”

Click here to read more about the history of the project.

Chimney Rock to Host “First Day Hikes” January 1

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock State Park is one of 27 North Carolina State Parks to offer guided “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day. Guided hikes will be offered at 11am on the Hickory Nut Falls trail and 1pm at Rumbling Bald. A trail guide or ranger will lead each hike, sharing their knowledge on plant and animal life and geology. See more details on each hike below.

Hickory Nut Falls Hike

Meeting Location: In front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts at the top parking lot of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Time: 11 a.m.

Admission fee: $9/adults, $4/youth (ages 6-15) and free for kids under six.

Restrictions: Limited to 20 hikers.

Things to Bring: Wear good hiking shoes with ankle support and bring a bottle of water.

Additional Information: Hike with us out to one of the tallest waterfalls on the east coast—Hickory Nut Falls—at an incredible 404 feet. The falls appeared in the movie The Last of the Mohicans. Stay for the day to hike other Park trails, picnic outdoors and check out live habitats at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den.

Cancellation Information: Visit chimneyrockpark.com or call (828) 625-9281 for hike status.

Rumbling Bald Hike

Meeting Location: Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Parking Area

Time: 1 p.m.

Admission fee: None

Restrictions: Limited to 20 hikers. Call to RSVP.

Things to Bring: Wear good hiking shoes with ankle support due to the ruggedness of the terrain.

Additional Information: This hike will offer some great views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Please call (828) 625-1823 to RSVP and to get directions.

Cancellation Information: Call (828) 625-1823.

“First Day Hikes” originated 20 years ago to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. However, this is the first year all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor the hikes. For more information on “First Day Hikes” and to find the state park hike closest to you, visit http://www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes.php

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.