10th Annual Flock to the Rock is Sept. 15
By Landdis Hollifield
Birds of a feather are sure to flock together during Chimney Rock State Park’s 10th Annual Flock to the Rock.
Western North Carolina’s premier birding event kicks off with a pre-registered Early Morning Bird Walk starting at 7:45 a.m. After all, the early bird gets the worm or in this case some amazing views of birds making their way through our region during migration. Only 15 spaces are available for this hike, so interested participants need to reserve their spot at chimneyrockpark.com.
Following the bird walk, visitors can enjoy Flock to the Rock’s public events which include a variety of educational birding activities, live bird programs, children’s activities and a hawk count at the top of Chimney Rock.
Special to the event are Wings to Soar Birds in Flight shows in the Classroom on the Meadows. Their free-flying raptor program gives audiences a unique opportunity to view and interact with birds of prey up close.
“Chimney Rock is one of the most spectacular locations in Western North Carolina to spot a wide range of birds throughout the year, from countless warblers and vireos to tanagers and birds of prey. Flock to the Rock is held during the peak of fall migration and draws enthusiastic birders of all levels to the Park,” said Emily Walker, Chimney Rock Management, LLC Naturalist and Education Manager.
About Wings to Soar
Wings to Soar is a nonprofit organization based in Trenton, GA. Their mission is to create awareness about the vital role birds of prey play in the natural world. Their goals are to facilitate a connection to the natural world, to spark curiosity and to create a sense of value for all forms of life.
About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a still-developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via the 494-step Outcroppings trail or by the Park’s 26-story elevator inside the mountain that has just been renovated with state-of-the-art equipment. Once on top, guests can enjoy 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park also features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com
Landdis Hollifield is Public Relations and Promotion Manager, Chimney Rock State Park.