The Four Seasons Initiative is a series of guided hikes sponsored by the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and led by Park Rangers. These hikes will take you into areas of the park that are not easily accessible due to public access issues. The hikes are free for current Friends members. Nonmembers may attend for a donation.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
A strenuous 3.5-mile hike to the top of Bluerock Mountain. Join a Park Ranger, along with Lake Lure’s Environmental Officer Clint Calhoun, to scout out one of the newest ridges added to Chimney Rock State Park. The exposed Granitic Dome community is the second home for the park’s nesting falcons, plus many other rare and endangered species.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
A moderately strenuous 1-mile climb to the base of Rainbow Falls. On this raincheck adventure from last year, join the Park Ranger to discover Hickory Nut Falls’ sister across the Gorge. This waterfall hides from view in the summer behind thick trees, but here is your chance to get close and wet with mist. Come learn about how successful partnerships have combatted the invasive plants in this area.
Round Top Mountain
Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
A short and strenuous 1.5-mile stroll to the summit of Round Top Mountain. Join a Park Ranger to trace this spur ridge right into the middle of Hickory Nut Gorge and perfect panoramic views. Keep checking the ground too for unique rock weathering and fresh tracks from our bobcat or coyotes.
Eagle Rock and Rumbling Bald Mtn.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
At this time mountain biking is not allowed in the park, but with the Buffalo Creek mountain bike trails heading towards Eagle Rock the park would like to explore creating mountain bike trails along the Rumbling Bald ridge line. Join the superintendent in a moderate 3-mile hike from Eagle Rock to the summit of Rumbling Bald Mountain as we discuss the pros and cons of mountain biking trails.
Meet at the Chimney Rock Attraction Ticket Plaza for all events.
Bring lunch and water. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed toed shoes.
Space is limited. Call 828-625-1823 to sign up!