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Chimney Rock Promotes Family Wellness June 1

ASHEVILLE NC – On National Trails Day June 1, Chimney Rock will host their third annual On the Move Family Wellness Day event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Meadows. On the Movefeatures community partners offering wellness and nutrition tips, outdoor activities, local organic food and health screenings. The family-friendly event includes free chair massages, kids’ climbs on a climbing tower noon-2 p.m. and a family guided hike on the Great Woodland Adventure at 3 p.m. There is no additional charge with paid Park admission, which is $12 adults, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids under five.

“On the Move kicks off the summer by helping parents find ways to spend time with their children in nature. In addition to fun, educational health activities for families, kids can enjoy playing outdoors, meeting live animals at Grady’s Discovery Den and picnicking in the Park,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

For decades, Chimney Rock has promoted hiking as a great way to stay fit and connect with nature. With help from community organizations like Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, this annual event helps connect families with resources for preventative care, healthy nutrition and general wellness.

Participating community wellness partners include:

YMCA of Western North Carolina

Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina

ASAP – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Rutherford Regional Health System

Fairview Chiropractic

Fairview Massage and Bodywork Therapy

WNC Farmers Market

Living Roots

On the Move program.  On the Move is also a program designed to encourage people to be active and reach their fitness goals while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Western North Carolina. People who are active regularly tend to feel better, eat healthier and be happier. Chimney Rock offers the Ultimate Stairmaster with 1349 stairs surrounded by some of the most inspiring, beautiful scenery in the Southeast. On the Move provides simple exercise tips and health information to get started, along with trails information for Chimney Rock State Park and an exercise log, packaged conveniently in a pocket-sized notebook distributed for free.

Save Money & Get Fit. For adults who enroll in the On the Move program at Family Wellness Day, they can upgrade their day admission to a Chimney Rock Annual Pass for a special rate of only $8 (a $5 savings). Attendees need to fill out the Physical Activity Survey in the program booklet and turn it in at the Park’s Ticket Plaza for the upgrade special. While the Hickory Nut Falls trail is closed, new Annual Passes are good for 18 months of unlimited visits, discounts on Park dining and retail and discounts on area attractions, dining and shopping.

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, Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and educational events year-round. It’s the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock’s Race to the Rock, a 5k run or 25-mile bike race, is part of the 9th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad, a three-day sports festival August 23-25, 2013. The Park is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

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