Chimney Rock State Park re-opens today

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 05:11 AM

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will reopen to the public today after being closed temporarily for road work. The N.C. Department of Transportation removed a large boulder that was identified as a safety hazard hanging over the main road. 

“The safety of our guests and Park associates is of utmost importance. Now that the boulder has been dropped and cleared away, we’re happy to be able to welcome guests back just in time to celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the Park’s spring scenery and many wildflowers in full bloom. Our Carolina rhododendron, flowering dogwood and Silverbell trees are spectacular,” saidMary Jaeger-Gale, General Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Crews from DOT, which maintains roads within N.C. state parks, worked to break off a 4- to 5-ton section of a massive boulder that partially protruded over the road halfway between the Meadows and top parking lot. They used a combination of methods to remove the rock, including drilling holes to insert an expansion agent to crack the rock and blasting with explosives.

Special events will be held as planned. Guests can meet a State Park Ranger at State Parks Stewardship Day this Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the RiverWalk behind the Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village. A guided spring wildflower walk by wildflower photographer Stephen Faucette will be offered to Park guests with advance registration from 1-3 p.m.

The third annual Buzz on Bees will offer fun, educational activities about honeybees next Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For additional information on the Park.