CHIMNEY ROCK — With kids across WNC on spring break this week, Chimney Rock State Park is offering a special Animal Encounters program daily at 2 p.m.

Join a park naturalist to meet some of the Chimney’s resident animals ambassadors, from a possum and ground hog to snapping turtle and corn snake. Kids will learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the park and their important role in the ecosystem.

Chimney Rock is a spectacular rock spire with a flat top offering grand panoramic views. If you aren’t up for the 500 steps to reach the top, you can ride a 26-story elevator.

Kids will also enjoy the interactive Great Woodland Adventure, a 0.6-mile trail that winds through 12 Discovery Stations. Grady the Groundhog illustrates how his forest friends live, including chipmunks, frogs, owls and butterflies.

Try to jump as far as a spider, spot the salamanders or get in the shell of a turtle. Larger-than-life wood and metal sculptures by local crafters and artists bring the trail to life.

Masks are required in all indoor locations and outdoors whenever 6 feet of social distancing from non-household members cannot be maintained.

Park entry hours are 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with guests permitted to stay until 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults, $8 for ages 5-15, and free for ages 4 and under.

431 Main St, Chimney Rock.

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