What's New at Chimney Rock?

What's New at Chimney Rock?
Go for the goats!

Photo by KD Ecological Services.
Chimney Rock State Park has long been a favorite spot among outdoor adventurers and families alike. And new happenings in the works for the summer are sure to please both crowds.

Recent visitors to the attraction may have noticed some unique “workers” on the grounds – goats, 15 of them to be exact!

For the last few weeks, the “goats of the gorge,” whose talents were previously put to use along local highways, have been helping manage invasive plants by munching on any vegetation in sight along a steep, 2-acre plot near the upper parking lot. Their hard work is part of a conservation project that will help prevent hazards like erosion and landslides.

View from the Grotto. Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock

at Chimney Rock State Park.
The goats’ current shift will be up soon – so, if you miss them this time around, catch them when they are expected to make another appearance this fall.

Some other sights to see at the park are making a triumphant return after a seven-year hiatus: The appropriately named Subway (a tunnel of rock), Grotto (a shady place to pause) and Pulpit Rock, popular stops along the Outcroppings trail, are now open for the first time since 2008.

Guests have access to spectacular views of Lake Lure, the Hickory Nut Gorge and more via two different entry points along the trail, which has wide stairs and plenty of landings for breaks.

Also on the docket to help kick off the summer is the park’s fourth-annual Movie on the Meadows. This year’s open-air viewing will be of The Lorax on June 13, just one of several family-friendly activities planned to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day” The movie, based on the beloved children’s story by Dr. Seuss, incorporates environmentally conscious themes in classic Seuss style and will be shown on a 35-foot screen at 9 p.m.

Earlier in the day, kids can mingle with some of the park’s many critters (including Grady the Groundhog), participate in a N.C. State Parks’ Junior Ranger program, learn about responsibly enjoying the outdoors with Leave No Trace, scale Vista Rock with Fox Mountain Guides and meet Appalachian photographer Tim Barnwell.

For complete event details, visit Chimney Rock's website.

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