Park’s elevator will be back up and running soon

By Landdis Hollifield

If there’s one thing that can be said, it’s that Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s team sticks together even in the toughest of times.

Like many businesses and attractions in Chimney Rock Village and Lake Lure, the Park took a pounding when Subtropical Storm Alberto dumped heavy rains on Western North Carolina in late May.

Torrential downpours forced debris and boulders onto the Park’s trails, washed out one lane on a portion of the main road and caused another slide on the upper parking lot. The Park was closed for 13 days while State Park rangers, Chimney Rock Management associates and contractors cut up trees, moved excessively large boulders, shoveled mud off trails and roadways and out of culverts and restored downed power and telephone lines. The Chimney Rock Village Volunteer Firefighters helped hose down the mud that washed down through the public parking lot into the front entrance.

Thanks to all of that hard work, the Park was reopened in June and guests can once again enjoy all six hiking trails as well as the Sky Lounge and Sky Lounge Deli which has been closed for more than a year because of elevator construction.

The best news of all — there is a light, or should we say soon-to-be-running elevator — at the end of the tunnel! After months (ok, a couple of years!) of setbacks, but with unwavering support and work by the State of North Carolina, Otis Elevator and state contractors and others, the elevator is finally at the last stage of renovation.

That means that soon—and by soon we mean before the next issue of the Mountain Breeze is published – visitors will be able to ride the elevator to the top of the mountain again.

For the latest Park news and updates, visit ChimneyRockPark.com or Facebook.com/ChimneyRockParkNC.

Landdis Hollifield is Public Relations and Promotion Manager, Chimney rock State Park.