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12th Annual Flock to the Rock

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos, and workshops are…

Virtual Folk Festival

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

While the annual Appalachian Folk Festival at the Vance Birthplace is postponed until next year, we are excited to bring you a virtual event and online story map so you can experience our Folk Festival all year long. Join us on Facebook Live on October 17th between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. At the top of the hour staff will go live with demonstrations including musicians, storytelling, weaving, and crafts. For this fun filled day we will take you behind…

Tales of the Trail at Chimney Rock State Park

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Come experience a unique, guided night hike that is fun for the whole family. Tales of the Trail is a non-scary, fall event that introduces you to woodland creatures and how they live. Groups of 20 – 25 people will be led along a lighted, half-mile loop trail to meet costumed animal characters and receive fun giveaways. This festive event will also include music, crafts, a campfire with s’mores and other festival fun. 

WNC Pottery Festival

November 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. This year’s festival has 16 new potters from across the country and will be held at Sylva’s Bridge Park. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events – including the Clay Olympics – will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. The event has been named one of the “Top…

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