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All the repair work put a dent in visitation last year. Chimney Rock State Park had 222,752 visitors in 2013, down 2 percent from the previous year. Park spokeswoman Shannon Quinn Tucker said the weather also had a lot to do with the decrease in visitors, who are already swarming back.

"The unique location of the elevator has provided a multitude of challenges that have required many minds to come together to ensure a reliable elevator. I am pleased that Adidas Sl Loop Runner Tr Olive

stairs at the end, said 'thank you, because I wouldn't have done that otherwise.' It gave some people a real sense of accomplishment," Jaeger Gale said of scaling the 491 steps on the Outcroppings Trail that was the only public access to the top of Chimney Rock while the elevator was out of service.

"We had a lot of Mother Nature related issues last year," she said. Record rainfall last spring caused a landslide last May near the park's entrance. The park closed for about three weeks this winter for DOT to permanently repair the road and build a retaining wall.

"Some people had a fear of taking the stairs, but since it was renovated, there are more landings, more views, more places to stop and rest, so it gave people an experience that they weren't expecting" she said. "They were seeing a lot of the park they haven't seen. We're thrilled that everyone can once again reach the top of Chimney Rock."

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The elevator closure, along with the closure of the Hickory Nut Falls Trail, (made extra popular by an appearance in the 1992 film "Last of the Mohicans") which reopened in late April after nearly two years for storm damage, also meant lower entry fees to the park in Rutherford County. Those are now back at regular prices, Jaeger Gale said.

"The elevator was wonderful. After two knee replacements, I would not have been able to make the Adidas Men's Sl 72 walk up," said Lisa Wright, a guest from Maryville, Tenn. "And, with our special needs son, we would not have been able to enjoy the park."

How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys in a single night? Practice on one of the world largest chimneys at 315 foot Chimney Rock helps.

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"Now that the elevator is open, the Hickory Nut Falls Trail and the observation deck is open where people can get out and see the falls and feel the cool mist, we've already seen a big increase in visitors," Quinn Tucker said. "The fact that we've had good weather has helped, too."

the infrastructure at Chimney Rock State Park safe and in good repair, so that visitors of all ages and physical abilities can enjoy this scenic treasure," State Park Superintendent James Ledgerwood said in a statement.

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´╗┐Chimney Rock State Park elevator reopened

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these issues have been corrected and access has been restored."

Because the elevator served as the secondary egress for the Gift Shop and Deli, which sells souvenirs, local crafts, snacks and ice cream, it was closed as well but is now open.

The 26 story elevator opens into the Sky Lounge Gift Shop Deli, and a boardwalk from the Sky Lounge covers the final 44 steps to the top of the "Rock," which gives a sweeping, 75 mile view of the Hickory Nut Gorge, including Lake Lure. The elevator had been closed on and off since last summer.

But Jaeger Gale said she is happy to now offer everyone, regardless of hiking ability the chance to check out the views.

The elevator originally opened in 1949 as the tallest in North Carolina. It took eight tons of dynamite to blast the 258 foot high shaft and 198 foot long tunnel through solid granite.

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But the elevator's long term closure might not have been the worst thing for the public, said Chimney Rock LLC General Manager Mary Jaeger Gale.

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Jaeger Gale said the elevator was extensively renovated in June 2012, but then power related and leveling issues began occurring a year later. She said there was never a safety issue for visitors, it was a matter of getting enough power to the elevator. State Parks and Chimney Rock Management, LLC agreed to cease operating the elevator until it could be reliably fixed.

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