Will Grady seek his shadow next Saturday?
Grady the Groundhog, Chimney Rock’s live animal ambassador, will be making his annual prediction at the Park when he awakens from his winter slumber on Saturday, Feb. 2. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is invited to an educational program and shadow sighting in the Meadows, followed by kids’ crafts and family guided hikes. If Grady sees his shadow, expect six more weeks of winter weather ahead—but if not, then spring should be around the corner.
Cast a vote on whether he’ll see his shadow at chimneyrockpark.com.
Reduced admission during the waterfall trail closure is $12 adult and $6 youth (ages 5-15); free for kids 4 and under. For special admission on Feb. 2, get one free youth admission with each paid adult. During February, Grady’s Kids Club memberships are on sale for only $8.
“Grady’s Groundhog Day is like Groundhog Awareness Day,” said Matt Popowski, PR, Events Manager at Chimney Rock. “Grady is a local celebrity—the kids love him. We hope everyone gains a better understanding of and appreciation for these popular woodland critters."
Emily Walker, Chimney Rock’s Education Manager, will meet the children at 11 a.m. near the Classroom on the Meadows for a nature program on the life of groundhogs and the Groundhog Day tradition, followed by Grady’s shadow sighting. Half-hour guided family hikes will start at noon and 12:30 p.m. on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. Kids’ Groundhog Day crafts will be offered from noon to 1 p.m.