Chimney Rock hosting 59th annual Easter sunrise service

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:39 AM

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is hosting its 59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 - 7 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The park gate opens at 5 a.m. for the service on the top parking lot below the Chimney. Everyone attending the service is invited to enjoy the park all day, or drop in for a breakfast buffet at the Old Rock Café and return for free readmission with both your receipt and Easter program.

The park’s regular hours, which began March 8, are open daily 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the Ticket Plaza closing at 5:30 p.m.

The sunrise service, held rain or shine, attracts more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. The interdenominational community celebration on April 20 includes live spiritual music by local musicians, an inspirational message and—with some cooperation from above—a beautiful sunrise with 75-mile views.

“If you’re looking for powerful inspiration and a sense of community, this is it. Our annual Easter Sunrise Service is a special tradition for our guests… a memorable event for the entire family,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Rev. David MacEachern, pastor of Bat Cave Baptist Church, is coordinating the music and service. Several other pastors from area churches are participating. The Easter service will feature bagpipes and John Mason, the park’s featured entertainer, on hammered dulcimer. It will air live on 1450 WHKP-AM Radio and be rebroadcast at noon for those unable to attend.

Limited parking is available in the top lot with additional parking on the Meadows. Shuttle buses will transport guests between the Meadows and top lot. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight.