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Mother's Day World's Edge Hike

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 2:00pm

Come join a park ranger for a Mother's Day hike at the edge of the world! This is a little-known vista affords views of Hickory Nut Gorge and the piedmont of North Carolina all the way to South Carolina on a clear day. Participants will learn about the history of the area, its flora and fauna, and get a little exercise in!

Earth Day Hike to Little Bat Cave

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 2:00pm

Join a park ranger on Earth Day for this is a once-in-a-lifetime hike through the Bat Cave Preserve.  With special permission from our neighboring land trust, The Nature Conservancy, we will hike up to the blowholes and Little Bat Cave (waiver forms will be provided). To help protect the bats and Batman’s secret lair, we will not be entering any caves. 

Progress Report on Elevator Repair Project

"Is the elevator working?" This is the top question asked by visitors to Chimney Rock State Park since the elevator was closed to the public in August 2015. Over generations, visitors of all ages and physical abilities have been partial to the quick ride up 26 stories through solid granite. More importantly, they are thrilled to take in the views from the top: views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from atop Chimney Rock itself.

The Need for Trees

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:30pm

We all know trees are important, but do we totally understand the roles they play in everyday life? Let a park ranger lead you through an introduction to the life cycle of a tree, basic tree ID, and impressive facts about our forest friends. At the end of the program, each participant will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty when they take home a tree seed to plant.

Hike the Thin Green Line

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:30am

Hike the Thin Green Line with Ranger Phillips at one of the best views in the Hickory Nut Gorge.  The hike distance is 2.5 miles, and the difficulty level is moderate. Be sure to wear your green to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Homeschool Day

Chimney Rock State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:30am

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm with optional afternoon activities.

Cost: $13 adults, no charge annual passholder; $14 youth, $8.50 Rockin' Discovery Passholder.

Our annual Spring Homeschool Day is a wonderful way to start the warmer season with a day full of learning. Programs are designed to meet the curriculum needs and interests of your students.