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Trail at Hanging Rock State Park Has Been Closed for Renovation

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

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Trail at Hanging Rock State Park Has Been Closed for Renovation

RALEIGH -- The Lower Cascades Access, parking area and trail leading to one of Hanging Rock State Park's popular waterfalls will close Feb. 22 for a three-month period while a trail improvement project is under way, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation.

The project involves major renovation of the 3/10-mile trail and realignment of some sections. Stone steps and retaining walls will be built along with a 60-foot pedestrian bridge. The $210,253 project is funded through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, maintained by a portion of the state's real estate deed stamp tax.

The access is located off Hall Road at the park's northern boundary and the short trail is a popular one for visitors, said Park Superintendent Erik Nygard. "One concern is to prevent erosion on this heavily-used trail, and we should be able to make the hike to the base of the falls much easier and much safer for visitors."

George Finch/Boney & Associates PA of Raleigh has completed design of the project. The contractor is Open Space Management of Barrington, MA, which completed similar work in 2002 to the Window Falls Trail.

Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County is one of North Carolina's oldest state parks, and received 366,621 visitors in 2004.