Chimney Rock State Park: Here's What's Happening
Posted On Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Spring is here and there is so much to see and do in Asheville and Western North Carolina, particularly when it comes to the outdoors. After a long winter, we're ready to be immersed in the fresh mountain air, hiking the trails, and seeing all of the breathtaking sights of this beautiful part of the state.
On that list is an excursion to Chimney Rock State Park, of course. One of the most popular local attractions in Western North Carolina, it's no wonder visitors come back again and again to experience the majesty, grandeur and overall beauty found in its peaks and valleys, and everywhere in between.
Here's what's currently happening at Chimney Rock State Park and what you need to know when planning your visit.
Chimney Rock State Park Opens Daily in April
This is the last week that the park is closed on Wednesday and Thursday in order to finish paving the recently repaired section of the entrance road. Beginning in April, Chimney Rock State Park reopens on a daily basis with hours from 8:30a.m. to 7p.m.
Reduced Rates at Chimney Rock
Due to ongoing repairs from a rockslide in 2012, the trail to the bottom of Hickory Nut Falls has been closed because of significant damage to the footbridge on a major portion of that trail. Repairs should be completed soon and the trail is expected to reopen this spring. Hooray!
Until then, the elevator and Hickory Nut Trail remain closed, but the good news is that you receive a significant discount at the park right now. Currently, adult admission is only $10 and youth admission (ages 5-15) is $5; children age 4 and under are admitted free. Don't worry, there is still plenty to see and do at the park that you won't have enough time for everything in one visit, so you'll have to plan a return trip anyway!
Be sure to check out the latest park news and updates on their What's New page or by visiting and following their Facebook page.
Good Eats at the Rock
Make plans to stop by the Old Rock Café for a bite to eat during your visit to Chimney Rock State Park. May we suggest a burger? After all, the Old Rock was mentioned in the Zagat's guide of "Must Try Burgers Across the Country". Their burgers are 100% grass fed and purchased locally from Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Pair it with a regionally brewed craft beer, and you have the perfect meal. Their award-winning chili and soups are also taste worthy.
You can view their full menu here. The Old Rock is currently open 11a.m. to 4p.m., weather permitting.
Things To Do This Weekend at the Park
In addition to everyday sights, trails, waterfalls and outdoor exploration to be had, Chimney Rock also offers many other special events occurring at the park. This weekend hosts the Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast. Passholders behold a spectacular North Carolina sunrise over Lake Lure as they sip coffee and enjoy a continental breakfast. It's the best view around!
Also this weekend on Saturday, March 29, is the Springtime Kids' Climb from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Fox Mountain Guides is at the park offering kids ages 7-15 a taste of rock climbing. For $10 they can try a 20-minute taster on Vista Rock. This is a fun event for the whole family, so don't miss it. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
You can see what's happening each month at Chimney Rock by clicking on their Calendar of Events link. Check it out when planning your visit.
Where to Stay in Asheville and Western North Carolina
Asheville Connections offers a variety of styles, sizes, locations and amenities when it comes to your stay in Western North Carolina. Be close and convenient to all of Asheville's popular attractions, including Chimney Rock State Park. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains or a chic condo in the heart of Asheville, we have those options and so many more.
Vacation rentals are the only way to travel; enjoy the comforts of home combined with the luxuries of a vacation. Don't forget our current vacation rental special that offers you a free night's stay when you book before April 10. Time is running out, so don't miss it.
Are you planning a trip to Chimney Rock State Park in the near future? If so, let us know. We always love hearing from our readers. See you on The Rock!
*Photo Credit: Chimney Rock State Park