Attention Mountain Travelers!: Chimney Rock Park’s Elevator Down for Repairs; I-40 Blocked By Slide at NC-TN Border

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Just in case you’re planning a trip to Chimney Rock Park, one of western North Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations, the News and Record reports today that their elevator is shut down for repairs

If you’re not familiar with the Park, but still want to go and make a trek up to the monolith, the lack of an elevator means you’ll have to climb a vertiginous (a favorite word of one of my colleagues), winding set of stairs in order to reach the Rock — and, if you’re the least bit afraid of high places, you will find that walk pretty darn scary!  

Mountain travelers should also be aware of the rock slide which occurred on I-40 near the NC-Tennessee line on October 25th.  It is estimated that as many as three or four months will be needed to remove the debris.  The last open westbound exit is #20 (U.S. 276 to Maggie Valley).  Eastbound I-40 travelers are being rerouted to Asheville via I-81 and I-26.  Repairs have been delayed owing to recent heavy rains.

Of course, you can still visit our beautiful mountains, and gosh knows there are lots of things to see and do up there. 

And please, anytime you plan travel to western North Carolina or, for that matter, almost any other destination, keep in mind that Greensboro Public Library has plenty of guidebooks and other travel writing which may help you to plan your journey. 

For instance, visitors to our mountains can find recent titles in our collection such as High Vistas:  An Anthology of Nature Writing from Western North Carolina & the Great Smoky Mountains, edited by George Ellison; 100 classic Hikes in North Carolina:   Coastal Carolina/Piedmont/Blue Ridge Parkway/Pisgah National Forest/Great Smoky Mountains; Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains:  A Guidebook by Georgann Eubanks; and North Carolina’s Best Wildflower Hikes:  The Mountains by Kevin Adams.