Chimney Rock to Teach Wilderness Survival Skills Series

Chimney Rock NC

Chimney Rock NC

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will continue its 3-part series on survival skills this summer to help prepare outdoors people to handle emergency situations in the wilderness. The 9 a.m. to noon workshops will focus on Shelter-building and Fire-making on July 9 and Basic Wilderness First Aid on August 13. The courses will be taught at Chimney Rock by local naturalist Clint Calhoun. Registration is required, and the workshops cost $25 for non-passholders or $20 for Annual Passholders per class, which includes Park admission for the day of the event. Register online at or call 828.625.9611.

“A simple nature outing can take a dangerous turn if you’re not prepared to handle small emergencies in the wilderness. Knowing some basic survival skills and being prepared can save you from trouble, and even save lives,” said naturalist Clint Calhoun.

Chimney Rock’s Survival Skills workshops answer questions such as: If you got lost in the wilderness in the Southern Appalachian, how would you know which plants are safe to eat and which are poisonous? How do you safely collect and purify water? How can you build a shelter and fire with minimal resources? And how would you treat blisters or heat exhaustion? These courses, which are taught by local experts, could help save your life or someone else’s. See below for more information on each workshop.

Part 2: Shelter-building and Fire-making Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. to noon There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the woods without two of the most important means of survival: fire and shelter. Naturalist Clint Calhoun will instruct participants on the historical and modern methods for starting fires, essential fire-building materials, importance of fire in survival, fire safety and fire do’s and don’ts. The second half will focus on various types of shelters and how to resourcefully construct a shelter out of available materials when caught out in the open with no place to go.

Part 3: Basic Wilderness First Aid Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. to noon Some people have a fear of getting lost in the woods. Some are afraid of snakes, bees or chiggers. Still others are afraid of poison ivy. Believe it or not, there are worse things to be wary of in the woods if not properly prepared. Blisters can make for a bad day on the trail. A sprained ankle can ruin anyone’s woodland experience. What about hypothermia or heat exhaustion? Naturalist Clint Calhoun will teach participants how to treat these conditions and more, and what the most useful tools are to carry in a first aid kit for wilderness adventures. Registration. Individual classes are only $25 for any age non-passholder and $20 for Annual Passholders (prices include Park admission for the day of the event).

Get more information on the 3-part wilderness Survival Skills series and register online at or call 828.625.9611.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, as well as the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States.  See our Chimney Rock guide at


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