Homeschool Days at Chimney Rock

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday Oct 15, 2013 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, North Carolina, Travel

Chimney Rock

Chimney RockWhen we cancelled our DC trip, we had a few open days.  I decided to fill them by trying to go visit some friends. Jennifer Johnson told me about Homeschool Days at Chimney Rock State Park. We signed up at the last minute and we were not disappointed.  In the morning, we attended three stations- Raptors, Spiders and Adaptions.  The stations were informative and hands on for the kids. It was very well put together.  They also had a guided hike after lunch that we did not attend. We went to the Smokehouse in town for lunch and it was very good.  After lunch, we went back to the park to hike some of the trails. We asked about the trails at the gift shop. The lady made it sound like it was not so bad. We must have looked in better shape than we were because it was a work out.  We took the elevator up. I highly recommend the elevator because you will have plenty walking at the top. We walked up to the rock and then took Skyline Trail up to Exclamation Point. There was also an Opera Box and Devils Head on the way. The kids had a great time playing while the adults were catching their breath.  The views were beautiful. We are looking forward to more visit to Chimney Rock Park.

On the way to Charlotte, we saw a garden on the side of the road. We stopped to see what it was about. We stumbled across a gem- Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. A volunteer told us they were scheduled to tear the bridge down when a group got permission from the state to do this project. The beds were just planted this April and the project was completed with volunteers. The bridge is beautiful and worth a stroll if you are in the area.  For fall, each bed had pumpkins decorated as people with different themes.

Lake Lure Flowering Garden

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