Connector stairs, elevator work nears completion

By Landdis Hollifield

Spring is right around the corner and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is happy to share that state contractors are making great progress on some of the Park’s ongoing projects.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get, besides “Where is your bathroom?” is, of course, “Is your elevator working?” Efforts to bring the elevator back into service are getting close to completion. Don’t worry about missing the news that we’ve reopened it, though. We’re sure you’ll hear the sounds of Park associates celebrating when we get word that we’re going back into full operation!

The Park’s new connector stairs from the top parking lot to the Hickory Nut Falls trail are also coming along nicely. When warmer temperatures arrive, we’re confident that work on this project will be complete and that guests will once again be able to access the Hickory Nut Falls trail using this shortcut. The new connector stairs are an engineering masterpiece and provide more room for guests to make their way to one of the Park’s most popular trails. The stairs are elevated, so some more outrageous views are being exposed! You’ll be amazed; they are pretty awesome, to say the least!

You may remember that the Park was closed for a few weeks in October of 2017 because a retaining wall in our upper parking lot collapsed. The state has that area stabilized, and there are some spots to park on the top lot again. It looks like it will be Fall before the fix is designed and work will begin. We’ll keep you updated on this project in future issues of the Breeze.

We hope you’ll visit the Park soon and see firsthand all the progress we’ve made. We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed by our new features and the work contractors have done over these last few months (ok, maybe years!).

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Landdis Hollifield is Public Relations and Promotions Manager, Chimney Rock State Park.