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Away From Home

September 1 - October 20

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of “Indianness,” even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Up until the 1930s, students were trained for domestic work and trades in a highly regimented environment. Many children went…

John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

October 1 - October 2

Visit fine craft exhibitors, tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with traditional roots music, and tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and other dance performances. Fall Festival tickets are now available for purchase online. Avoid the lines and buy your tickets in advance, with single-day and multi-day pass options! Tickets will also be available for purchase in person on the days of the event. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm…

An Appalachian Folk Festival

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

An Appalachian Folk Festival will be held on October 8th, 10 am - 3 pm., at the Allison Deaver House in Pisgah Forest. Enjoy a tour of the oldest frame house west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as craft booths, artisans at work, mountain music, presenters, and children's activities.  Featuring the Junior Appalachian Musicians Ensemble Ravenwood Road, Skyward Blue, and Lynn Goldsmith and the Jeter Mountain Band. Bring the family, a blanket, or chairs, and join us for…

Naturalist Niche: Fall Color Hike

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fall color is one of the highlights of life in WNC. Toward the end of the season Hickory Nut Gorge comes alive with gorgeous shades of gold and red. Join a naturalist and learn more about fall flora and fauna in the Park as you take in the beauty of the season.  Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

November 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

The trails of Chimney Rock in the fall are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed. Join a naturalist and learn what fall brings to Hickory Nut Gorge. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park. Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

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