Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Chimney Rock became a part of the NC state park system?  The last 10 years have gone by in the wink of an eye. Since 2007 when the state purchased the Morse family’s beloved Chimney Rock, there have been a lot of changes and the greater park has grown by more than 3500 acres in size.

During the party, guests can celebrate 10 great years of Chimney rock being a State Park and the Park’s amazing views.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary—which is usually celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum—Chimney Rock State Park is going to pay its good fortune forward and give to Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach.

Ten years ago to the day when the deal was signed, on Sunday, May 21, the Park will hold a Tin for Ten party. Guests who bring a nonperishable box or can of food to our Ticket Plaza that day can get an adult admission ticket for just $10.

Hope Wittmer, HNGO’s Director, is glad that the Park has chosen to partner with and help the nonprofit as part of their anniversary celebration.

“We rely solely on support to provide food and services for some 160 families in the Hickory Nut Gorge area,” said Wittmer. “We strive to help relieve hunger at home in our community. There’s always a need for canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, mac & cheese, and Chunky soup. Not only are those items a challenge to keep stocked in the food pantry but are needed for the Food for Kids (FFK) weekend backpack program as well. Of course any donations are welcomed and appreciated.”

To celebrate a decade of state ownership, come hear the melodious tunes from the Park’s long-standing dulcimer player, John Mason, and enjoy some light refreshments at noon. As always, guests will be able to enjoy those spectacular 75-mile views from the top of the mountain and, if you’re up to it, get a good workout, too.

We hope you’ll come celebrate with us, but if you can’t make it that day, don’t worry. There’s plenty going on the whole month of June.  See page 47 for a listing of the Park’s May and June events. For the latest events and information go to: or

Contributed to the Breeze by Landdis Hollifield, Public Relations and Promotions Manager, Chimney Rock State Park.