Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County – known for the giant Chimney Rock you see when you’re driving U.S. 74A through the Hickory Nut Gorge – has been closed for over a week. The park has been closed since last week so that N.C. Dept. of Transportation could shake loose a gigantic boulder hanging over the main roadway.
“We’ve got a huge boulder hanging above the lodge and the road between the Meadows and the Chimney, in one of the curves,” said James Ledgerwood, Chimney Rock State Park Superintendent. The park worked with the DOT, which maintains roads within state parks, to assess the situation about a month ago. Starting a week ago, the park was closed to visitors while DOT workers drilled holes in the boulder and injected an expanding grout that was supposed to expand the rock and cause it to fall. The work was expected to last a couple of days, but so far, there has been no rock movement.