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Natural Chimneys, Mount Solon

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Geologic Formation
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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  • This is a perfect place to stretch your legs, walk dogs, and take photographs. There is a trail by the pavilion that will lead you to the top of the Chimneys. The large field in front of the Chimneys ...  more »
  • It is unlike no other place in the world. It is basically rock formations shaped to look like chimneys. If you are in the area, it is worth seeing. There is also a campground, and a jousting tournamen...  more »
  • We made a quick stop to visit the natural chimneys on our way home and it was worth it. We were there during sunset so the light on the chimneys made the experience better.  more »