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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Saturday, June 16, 2007

Hanging Rock State Park Will Dedicate Trails, Cabins

RALEIGH -- Hanging Rock State Park will celebrate the completion of three important construction projects with a dedication ceremony June 22 at 11 a.m., according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The projects represent an investment of $1.9 million from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and include construction of four vacation cabins along with the renovation of six existing cabins, the renovation of the Moore's Wall Loop Trail and renovation of the Lower Cascades Trail. The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, supported by the state's tax on real estate deed transfers, is the principal funding source for state park capital projects and land acquisition.

'Hanging Rock is one of our oldest and best known state parks with a storied history that reaches back to the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. 'As attendance increases, these improvements will help ensure that the park's popular amenities will continue to serve the public in the spirit of the CCC.'

Expanding the complex of vacation cabins was first envisioned in the park's 1981 master plan and the new year-round cabins are similar in style to those built in 1954. Improvements to existing cabins include new insulation and porches. The project cost was $928,599. Architect for the project was McCrae-Joyce Associates of Greensboro, and general contractor was R.P. Murray Inc. of Kernersville.

Renovation of the three-tenths mile Lower Cascades Trail involved creating stone steps and installing retaining walls and a 60-foot-long pedestrian bridge to improve safety and access to the scenic waterfall and to control erosion. George Finch/Boney & Associates of Raleigh was the project designer and general contractor was Open Space Management of Great Barrington, MA.

Along the 4.2-mile Moore's Wall Loop Trail, one of the most popular and strenuous trails at the park, over 480 tons of rock was used to create stone steps and improve the trail surface to control erosion on a steep section of about one mile. Much of the material was transported onto the trail by Black Hawk helicopters provided by the N.C. Air National Guard as a training exercise and public service project.

Park rangers worked with the National Guard and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to schedule 370 helicopter flights in a way that would not disturb a sensitive nesting area for peregrine falcons.

Park Drive Studios Landscape Architecture of Raleigh was the project's designer and general contractor was Peter S. Jensen Associates of Barrington, MA.

The dedication ceremony will be held in the park's visitor center and tours of the renovated projects will be conducted after the ceremony.