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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor Dee Freeman, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2012-04-11 Phone: (919) 715-8709

Hanging Rock State Park Begins Trail Improvement Project

RALEIGH -- Hanging Rock State Park launched a project April 3 to re-route and upgrade a section of the popular Tory?s Den Trail near the park?s western boundary, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The existing trail will not be closed during the project.

Hanging Rock State Park is in Stokes County about 30 miles northwest of Winston-Salem.

A section of Tory?s Den Trail of just over one mile also serves as part of the Sauratown Loop Trail for both hikers and equestrians, which continues beyond the park boundary onto private property. This section is being re-routed with a wider corridor, a more gentle grade and it will incorporate features to shed stormwater runoff and reduce erosion, which can pollute streams and damage trees and native plants.

The trail project should be completed in late April through a contract with YRU Contracting of Cambridge, Idaho. State park staff will also construct a necessary bridge. The project is supported through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the principal funding source for state parks capital projects and land acquisition. In recent years, the trust fund has supported improvement projects of the Moore?s Wall Loop, Window Falls and Lower Cascades trails as well as major maintenance of historical CCC structures in the park.

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