Chimney Rock State Park



July 4th Weekend Family Fun

Time: Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounteårs 2pm daily

Cost: Included with Park Admission

July 1 – 4 you can challenge yourself on our 32-foot climbing tower, take in the different views on one of our many trails and even get up-close to some of our wilder staff at the 2pm Family Animal Encounters program.


Family Animal Encounters

Time: 2pm daily

Cost: Included with Park Admission

Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations.


Naturalist Niche: Old Growth Frolic

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder; Advance registration required.

Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right here in Chimney Rock State Park. This moderate hike rambles through an area typically not open to the public in order to introduce participants to characteristics of old growth forests and native trees.

We love our visitor’s furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this. Hikes are geared for adults.

Advance registration is required. Please use the link below to purchase your tickets. Cost includes Park admission for the day.

Lake Lure

Fireworks over Lake Lure Beach

Name: Fireworks over Lake Lure Beach

Date: July 3



Family friendly event sponsored by the Town of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Village and The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.  Beach gates open at 8 pm
arrive early and enjoy a picnic or dine at one the restaurants within walking distance.



Kidsenses Museum

172 N. Main Street | Rutherfordton, NC 28139

National Ice Cream Day Celebration July 21st from 10AM – 1PM. Kids will get a small cup of ice cream and we will have toppings like sprinkles & chocolate syrup.

Meadowbrook Golf Club

1211 Meadowbrook Road

Rutherfordton, NC 28139 


Red, White, and Blue Tournament

Wednesday, July 4


Forest City

Forest City Owls Fireworks game July 2 sponsored by Rutherford County Tourism and Kidsenses Museum. Activities, prizes and more at this Family Fun night. See website for details.

July 4 Freedom Fest/McNair Field at 7pm


Submitted by Amy Brevard of the Rutherford County TDA