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First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

Enjoy New Year's Day in the Great Outdoors

On January 1, North Carolina State Parks will be hosting First Day Hikes to start the year off right. Many parks will be hosting guided hikes at varying levels, or you can explore your favorite park on your own. We resolve to have a year full of fun, history and nature! 


743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock

Get a head start on the longest day of the year by hiking with a park ranger and catching the first summer sunrise from Party Rock. Party Rock offers expansive views of The Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock Mountain and Lake Lure. The hike is rated strenuous, 1.50 miles round trip, on a very steep, rugged, rocky path.

Parking is limited, so reservations through eventbrite will be required:

Flashlights are required for all participants, headlamps recommended. Bring plenty of water, snack, and wear durable footwear.

Participants will meet at the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access parking lot in Chimney Rock State Park at 5:30 a.m.


Date of Event:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 5:30am to 7:45am
Start Location:
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access: 827 Boys Camp Road Lake Lure, NC 28746