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South Mountains State Park Reopens Following Flood Repairs

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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, January 2, 2005

South Mountains State Park Reopens Following Flood Repairs

RALEIGH -- South Mountains State Park in Burke County has reopened following repairs to its roadway and trail systems, which were damaged by flooding last year, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation.

Some trail footbridges have not been replaced across Jacob Fork River, but trail detours are in place. Hikers should remain alert to these detours during visits, said Park Superintendent Allen Rogers. Some sections of the park's main entrance road will remain unpaved until spring, he said.

Repairs have also been made to the park's popular equestrian campground complex.

Floodwaters from Tropical Depression Frances on Sept. 8 damaged approaches to three bridges on the road, and a number of pedestrian bridges across the waterway were severely damaged or destroyed. At the time, sections of the road were being realigned to serve a planned visitor's center and were under water during the storm.

For several months prior to the storm, the park had been closed so that the DOT could repair a section of roadway damaged in 2003 by a series of heavy rains.

South Mountains, at 16,918 acres, is North Carolina's largest state park and was visited by 183,792 people in 2003.