Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Visit Western North Carolina & Spend Groundhog Day at Chimney Rock State Park

Have you met Chimney Rock State Park's live animal ambassador, Grady? If not, February 2 is the perfect day to come out to the park to meet him. (He's a cute little guy.) Grady gives Punxsutawney Phil a run for his money on Groundhog Day. Witness firsthand whether their winter weather predictions match or clash.

Photo Courtesy of Chimney Rock State Park
February 2 from 11a.m. to 1p.m., anticipation builds as to whether Grady sees his shadow in the meadow, indicating six more weeks of winter, or whether we can look forward to the ushering in of spring. If you'd like, you can cast your vote now for whether Grady will see his shadow or not. Then check for the results on February 2.

In addition, visitors can enjoy an educational program on groundhogs and other woodland creatures. There are also guided family hikes on the Great Woodland Adventure trail at noon and 12:30p.m. Kids can take part in Groundhog Day crafts from noon to 1p.m.

The Groundhog Day program allows one free youth admission (ages 5-15) with each paid adult admission. Children under the age of five are admitted free-of-charge. Also in celebration of Groundhog Day, Chimney Rock State Park is offering a discount on the Grady's Kids Club membership. The membership is normally $10 but is reduced to $8 during the month of February. This annual pass allows visits to the park for 18 months, as well as additional park discounts in retail, dining, and events.

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Make sure you have enough time to enjoy all of Chimney Rock State Park and the surrounding Western North Carolina area by booking a mountain cabin conveniently and beautifully located near everything you want to see and do during your time here. You'll be perfectly situated near the park, close to unique towns like Black Mountain, and within a few miles of Asheville itself. 

Whether we have an extended winter or an early spring, Western North Carolina welcomes you and has plenty to offer any time of year, in any season. Make your mountain getaway plans now! We hope to see you soon!

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