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The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization that represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is

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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

The Club meets each winter, spring, and fall at different locations in the Carolinas. Meeting sites are selected to give participants an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds. Guided field trips and informative programs are combined for an exciting weekend of meeting with people who share an enthusiasm and concern for birds.

The Club offers research grants in avian biology for undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships for young birders.

The Club publishes two print publications (now also available online). The Chat is a quarterly ornithological journal that contains scientific articles, reports of bird records committees and bird counts, and general field notes on bird sightings. CBC Newsletter is published bimonthly and includes birding articles and information about meetings, field trips, and Club news.

The Club provides this website to all for free.

By becoming a member, you support the activities of the Club, receive reduced registration fee for meetings, can participate in bonus field trips, and receive our publications.

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Chimney Rock Park

by Marilyn Westphal


Added to the North Carolina State Park system in 2007, Chimney Rock Park provides excellent birding, beautiful vistas, fun hiking trails, and a wide variety of wildflowers. The 1000-acre park consists largely of deciduous and mixed forest and rocky cliffs. Best birding is in spring, especially April and May, although fall can be interesting as well. It is not unusual to find 15 to 20 species of warbler on a fine spring day. Breeding species include Black-throated Green, Cerulean, Swainson's, Worm-eating, Black-and-white, and Hooded Warblers, as well as Northern Parula, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed, and Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, and many others. During migration many other species are regularly found in both spring and fall. Best trails for birding include the Hickory Nut Falls trail where Worm-eating Warblers often nest right along the trail and where it is often easy to see warblers looking down the slope at the tops of the trees rather than suffering from “warbler neck.” The Hickory Nut Falls trail is located on the right of the last big left curve on the road to the top. Also check out the Great Woodlands Adventure trail where Swainson's Warblers can sometimes be found next to or even in the trail. This trail is located half-way up the road at the right end of the picnic area near the climbing wall. The most scenic hiking is the breathtaking Skyline-Cliff trail, although the birdlife is less diverse along this trail. To get to this trail take the elevator from the upper parking lot to the “chimney.” The trail begins next to the chimney.


From Asheville take NC74 25 miles east to the town of Chimney Rock. The entrance to the park is in the center of town. There is still an entrance fee, which is currently $14 for adults, but this may be subject to change. An annual pass can also be purchased.


Restrooms and snack/lunch bars are available in the park. Parking is available half-way to the top (about 1/2 mile) and at the top of the entrance road. However, the park can be very busy from late May through October, so it is always best to arrive before 10am. The park opens at 8:30am and closes at 6 or 7 pm depending on the season.


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