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Progress Report on Elevator Repair Project

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Progress Report on Elevator Repair Project

"Is the elevator working?" This is the top question asked by visitors to Chimney Rock State Park since the elevator was closed to the public in August 2015. Over generations, visitors of all ages and physical abilities have been partial to the quick ride up 26 stories through solid granite. More importantly, they are thrilled to take in the views from the top: views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure from atop Chimney Rock itself.

Last summer, a capital improvement project began to repair the iconic elevator with the end goal of restoring and improving service to park visitors. The motor and computer control system were replaced, and these elements were in turn tied into new power lines. Unfortunately, a landslide on October 23, 2017 damaged the power lines and forced project managers and contractors to reassess the project.

Repairs to the electrical system are taking place this winter and are repairing the electrical power to the new elevator equipment and control system. Winter storms have interrupted the project a few times, but work continues and is progressing well.

The staff of Chimney Rock State Park ask for your patience as this difficult work forges ahead. Our goal is to return the elevator to public use as safely and quickly as possible so that all of visitors may enjoy our engineering marvel. Please check this website for up-to-date information, or call the state park office at 828-625-1823. Thank you for your continued patience. 

Elevator power conduit damaged by landslide.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
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Chimney Rock State Park

743 Chimney Rock Park Rd
Chimney RockNC 28720
Phone828-625-1823
chimney.rock@ncparks.gov
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Latitude: 35.439814
Longitude: -82.248554

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