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Natural Chimneys, Mount Solon

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
Natural Chimneys is a natural rock structure located near Mt. Solon in Augusta County, Virginia in the United States, in the Shenandoah Valley. The formation is a central feature of a regional park owned and operated by Augusta County.The formation includes seven rock "chimneys" that range in height from 65to above ground level. The chimneys are formed from limestone that began to accumulate and harden into stone about 500 million years ago in the Paleozoic Era, when the region was underwater. Over time, enormous upward pressures of magma and widespread geologic upheaval, which created the Appalachian Mountains, combined with erosive forces of water and destroyed weaker layers of stone. Eventually, this created the rock chimneys which can be seen today.The park, located along the North River, has a 145-site campground with a pool, playground, and hiking trails. The park also hosts one of the largest jousting tournaments in the eastern United States. The tournament is held on the third Saturday of August, and has taken place annually since 1821. Augusta County owns the property and maintains the facility.
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  • We went to the park during the festival. The park is beautiful, and a treasure for Virginia. Easy to get to, and very well maintained.  more »
  • Nice regional Augusta County park. Large campsites. Site range from primitive tent camping to full hookup 50 amp RV sites. Minimal full hookup sites but large quiet campground. Great for families. Has...  more »
  • We arrived Saturday, May 27, 2017 and the weather was great. Took the dogs on walks, checked out the grounds, took photos. However, on Sunday, it rained the entire day, not just a steady rain, but pou...  more »

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