The Media Room March 30, 2015
Park Opening Delayed Tuesday, March 31 & Tuesday, April 7

A helicopter fly-in of additional materials for the Outcroppings trail project is planned for Tuesday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 7. The Park will have a delayed opening on these days until at least early afternoon while the pilot delivers materials to the worksite on the mountainside. The number of loads and wind speeds will affect the time it takes to deliver the materials; please continue to check this website or our Facebook page (Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park) for updates on opening times on each of these days. We appreciate your patience!

Elevator Out of Service Monday Morning, March 30, For Routine Maintenance

The elevator will be out of service until noon on Monday, March 30, for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Cliff Dwellers Gifts will be open all day on Monday. Come in and pick up a refreshing snack or a locally- crafted souvenir!

Thanks for your continued patience and support as we prepare the Park for a busy spring and summer. We are looking forward to welcoming you and seeing your smiling faces!

Outcroppings Progress in the Making

Soon after NC State Parks bought Chimney Rock Park in 2007, an inventory was done to determine the condition of the trails and Park structures. Several did not meet state construction standards and were closed until improvements could be made. Access to popular destinations along the Outcroppings trail—the Subway, Grotto and Pulpit Rock—were closed at that time. But, as noted in the State Parks’ Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Park, these destinations along the Outcroppings trail were to be redesigned, rebuilt and reopened.

And, work is well underway! A crew with NHM Constructors, LLC out of Asheville began in December 2014 to rebuild the stairs and boardwalks that will restore access to these unique features along the trail that leads to the “Rock.” As you can imagine, this is no easy task. Materials have been brought in by truck and carried up the mountain. A helicopter flew 70 loads of materials to the site in one afternoon, with the pilot threading the materials down through trees for the crew on the ground to put in place. The harsh winter weather we’ve been experiencing has made it even more difficult! But all of these efforts will be well worth it once access is complete. If work remains on schedule, Pulpit Rock, the Grotto and the Subway will be ready for you to experience by late spring.

Check out photos of our progress on this page. We’ll be adding updates and more images here and on our Facebook page to show you how things are going. Make plans to come visit. You’ll be impressed with what’s been happening during this generally quiet time of the year.

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