Our friends at Chimney Rock Park a half hour south of us have some great activities planned for visitors this Spring (17 days and counting!):

Rock Hop Guided Hike
March 15 (a little before Spring officially arrives) — Take a rock-to-rock hike off the beaten path, up one of the Park’s stony ravines. Natural history interpretation of everything seen along the way will keep your eyes on many things, other than rocks. But do remember to wear good hiking shoes, and a walking stick may help stability. Moderately strenuous. Call 800-277-9611 to register.

“Early Arrivals” Guided Bird Walk
April 13 — The Park’s 2008 “Simon Says” Series of Guided Bird Walks begins with this stroll to spot Spring migrants like Black-throated Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers and Blue-headed Vireo. Join world-traveled ornithologist Simon Thompson for this and all of his terrific bird walks. Call 800-277-9611 to register.

Every Day is Earth Day
Chimney Rock Park celebrates Earth Day every weekend in April. Join the Park staff for Guided Hikes as well as programs focusing on recycling and conservation.

“Gorge-Us with Wildflowers” Guided Hike
In the Hickory Nut Gorge, Spring can come early, and you can expect in Chimney Rock Park to see a good example of Spring bloomers from late March through May. Learn plant identification as well as flower appreciation walk along the Four Seasons Trail. Call 800-277-9611 to register.

And don’t forget — we have individual Chimney Rock tickets available here at the Inn, and, for those of you thinking about coming to visit for a few days, we’ve put together a package starting April 1 that includes tickets to Chimney Rock. Check our packages page for details.

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