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January and February Events at Chimney Rock State Park

ASHEVILLE NC – Winter is the perfect season to explore all Chimney Rock has to offer; from catching miles of views to seeing which birds are nesting here during the colder months, learning how to identify trees without their leaves to kicking off the New Year with an invigorating hike, there’s no need to suffer from cabin fever during these chilly days!


HNF half frozen cropFirst Day Hikes
Date/Time: Thursday, January 1; 1pm hike at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 3pm hike at Rumbling Bald
Location: 1:00pm hike meet at Hickory Nut Falls trail; 3pm hike meet at Tunnel Entrance at 2:30pm for shuttle to Rumbling Bald. Shuttle will return to the Park at 4:30pm.

Description: Did you make a 2015 resolution to exercise more? Get off to a great start with an inspiring hike at Chimney Rock State Park, and see what makes winter the perfect time to explore our area. First, discover the beauty of the Hickory Nut Falls trail at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Afterward, catch a shuttle at the Tunnel Entrance for a hike at Rumbling Bald, where you’ll be treated to views of Lake Lure and see the progress being made as State Parks works to reroute this trail. Be sure to bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Both hikes will be led by a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger and are considered moderately difficult.
Cost: Included with Park admission

Naturalist Niche: Winter Birding
Date/Time: Saturday, January 17; 10:30am-12pm
Location: Meet at Tunnel Entrance
Description:  Not all of our feathered friends fly south for the winter! Colder months are an excellent time for birding; leafless trees and open viewsheds provide ample opportunity to observe birds that don’t mind chilly temperatures. Grab your binoculars and a field guide and join a Park naturalist to see which birds have stuck close to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park for the winter season.
Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member


Grady sweet potato10th Annual Grady’s Groundhog Day
Date/Time: Monday February 2; 10:30 – 12:00
Location: Meadows
Description: Last year, Grady saw his shadow, correctly predicting six more weeks of winter. Will he be right again this year? Join our furry Park mascot on Groundhog’s Day to find out! Kids’ crafts will be offered; you can make it a day of fun for the whole family by rounding it all out with a hike to the top of Chimney Rock or down the Hickory Nut Falls trail.
Cost: Free with Park admission

PROMO: Valentine’s Day Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Date/Time: February 13-15

Description: What better way to show your sweetheart some love than by bringing him or her to see beautiful, 75-mile views from the top of Chimney Rock? (Hint – we’ve had quite a few proposals on the Rock over the years; Valentine’s Day might be your day!) Download the special coupon from our website. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid February 13-15, 2015, if Park is open.

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID
Date/Time: February 21; 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den
Description: Think leaves are the only way to identify trees? Think again! Local naturalist Ron Lance leads this guided hike where he’ll explain how to use twigs, bark and buds to identify trees. Hike will be moderately difficult.
Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member





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