Tips For a Family-Friendly Adventure in Chimney Rock

Animal Encounters 1.jpg

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is home to six hiking trails, an Animal Discovery Den and a variety of unique events that are perfect for people of all ages. If you’re planning your next family trip, here’s a list of things you can enjoy.

Kids and adults can learn about the creatures that call the Park home at the Animal Discovery Den.

The den houses an albino chipmunk, groundhog, snakes, frogs and many more animals that act as animal ambassadors to the Park. In June, July and August, and on holiday weekends, special Animal Programs are held at 2PM daily.

The Great Woodland Adventure trail, which is part of the Track Trail system, is designed for families with kids of all ages. It features 12 discovery stations along with locally-crafted sculptures of wildlife.

Earth Day.JPG

Hikers young and old can enjoy taking the newly-reopened elevator or the “Ultimate Stairmaster” along the Outcroppings trail to the Chimney. Want to reach new heights in a different way? Book a rock climbing adventure with Fox Mountain Guides

After hiking to the Chimney, there’s no better way for your family to cool off than by visiting the Park’s 404-foot waterfall. The gentle-sloping trail that leads to Hickory Nut Falls is shaded and wide, making it the perfect place for your gang to enjoy.

If you’re concerned that Fido can’t take part in family fun at Chimney Rock, there’s no reason to worry. The Park, other than the elevator and Sky Lounge, is pet friendly. It’s a NC Health Law that animals can’t go where food is sold.

There’s more than one way to enjoy a meal during your next visit to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

The Park’s restaurant, Old Rock Café, can whip up hiker’s lunches for you and your crew. Just call before your visit or stop by. Each Hiker’s Lunch features an artisanal sandwich, chips, a cookie, fruit and a drink.

Grilling and outdoor time go hand-in-hand. There are several charcoal grills that guests are welcome to use. All you have to do is bring your supplies and food to enjoy an all-American picnic.

Enjoy views of the Rocky Broad River while chowing down on locally-sourced cuisine from Old Rock Cafe. Whether you’re in the mood for a salad or juicy sandwich or wrap, there’ something for everyone at the Park’s casual dining restaurant.  It’s open for lunch seven days a week.


Are you planning your next family reunion or car club get-together at the Park?

Don’t worry about preparing a meal. Let Chimney Rock Catering serve your group locally-made main dishes and sides that your guests are sure to enjoy.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s Annual Pass is just $28 per adult and $12 per youth (ages 5-15) and gives passholders unlimited admission to the Park for an entire year. That means that you can take time exploring all six of the Park’s trails during every season.