NC Nature Centers - Chimney Rock Park
For another educational ride in the state of North Carolina, visit
any of nature centers that aim to spread environmental education. Some
of these nature centers admit guests for free although they also ask for
voluntary donations that would help in other expenses. Programs in these
nature centers are mostly available by appointment although everyone can
actually walk on their grounds.
Experience the rugged beauty of the Chimney Rock Park located 25 miles
south east of Asheville. The Chimney Rock Park welcomes its visitors
with the most refreshing views of the mountain area tied up with the
best hiking trails that attract men and women of any age group. Some of
the park's most sought attractions are The Chimney and the Opera Box.
The Chimney, a 515-foot monolith on the very edge of the Blue Ridge
Mountains is the focal point of the State Park, sending climbers a
breathtaking view of the surrounding area atop a 2,280 feet elevation.
The Opera Box, on the other hand, provides its visitors with the
soundtrack of nature while they savor the panoramic views of the Lake
Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. The Exclamation Point is the highest of the
Chimney Rock at 2,480 feet. True to its name, climbers will easily burst
into the enjoyment when they reach this point. Other attractions are the
Devil's Head, a rock formation that resembles the head of the evil, the
Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest water falls east of the
Mississippi River, and the Outcroppings, a group of jumbled giant rocks
below the Chimney.
Chimney Rock Park is definitely a heaven's gate for hikers with its
exemplary trails that are definitely some of the best in North Carolina:
Skyline-Cliff Trail, Hickory Nut Falls Trail, Four Seasons Trail and the
Outcroppings Trail. In addition, Chimney Rock Park is also a favorite
shooting location for films. The last scene in The Last of the Mohicans
(1992) starring Daniel Day-Lewis was filmed in Skyline-Cliff Trail,
Firestarter (1984) starring Drew Barrymore, has featured the park's
entrance gate and bridge and A Breed Apart (1984) featured the wooded
areas and the Exclamation Point. An organization focused on education
and preservation in equestrian activities and nature studies is the
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) located at Hunting Country
Road, Tryon, North Carolina. It was formed in 1985 in a 112-acre of land
where hiking and riding trails, nature pond, Equestrian Center,
classrooms and meeting rooms are located.
Its Equestrian Center acts as a permanent stabling for over 300
horses and acts as host a number of equestrian events. Horse shows
include dressage, stadium jumping, carriage driving, hunter pace and
combined training. The grounds at FENCE are free of charge and are open
seven days a week fro dawn to dusk. Other popular nature centers in North Carolina are Charlotte Nature
Museum which features plants and animals of the Charlotte Area,
Grandfather Mountain in Linville which includes a nature museum,
exhibits and trails, Crowder Park in Apex, Roanoke/Cashie River Center
in Windsor and a lot more.