Chimney Rock Park reopens in NC mountains

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CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (AP) - Chimney Rock Park is reopening after two months of repairs on the road leading to the mountain park in Rutherford County.

Park officials say they are charging reduced ticket prices for Saturday’s reopening because the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Falls trail remain closed.

Part of the road leading to the park collapsed last May in heavy rains. Crews repaired the road and built a new retaining wall to protect it. The project took about twice as long as expected because of delays for snow.

Officials chose winter to close the park because it was the least visited time. Chimney Rock Park is known for its incredible views from the top of its 315-foot tall boulder.

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