If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already heard about the washout and mudslides that our area experienced during Subtropical Storm Alberto in late May. You may have even had to deal with some of the damage it caused at your place, too.
We think some little gremlin is after us! Torrential rainfall caused a washout on one lane of a portion of the main road in the Park, a slide on the waterfall trail and more of the retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. After nearly two weeks of cleanup, the Park reopened to guests with just a few work arounds in the areas affected by storm damage.
Flaggers guided visitors around the collapsed portion of the road, and guests were shuttled from the Meadows, located in the middle of the Park, to the top parking lot where you access the elevator and the trails to the top of the mountain and down to the waterfall.
The Park was closed again for a few days in August while the North Carolina Department of Transportation did an awesome job of restoring the washed-out lane and fixing other rough spots created by fallen trees, minor wash and wear and tear on other areas along the entrance road.
Plans are currently being made to repair the collapsed area of the retaining wall across the upper parking lot. No timeline for this project has been announced.
Be sure to check our website, ChimneyRockPark.com, or call 800-277-9611, before you head to the Park to get the latest updates on projects and activities.