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.
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.