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Natural Chimneys, Mount Solon
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Natural Chimneys is a park and natural rock structure located near Mt. Solon in Augusta County, Virginia in the United States, in the Shenandoah Valley. The rock "chimneys" 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 as seen today. The chimneys tower as much as 120 feet above ground level.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 annually, on the third Saturday of August since 1821. Augusta County owns the property and maintains the facility.
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  • This is a great stop for a look at Mother Nature at work. It is a fantastic geological formation. It is part of a campground as well. For the adventurous there is a path that you can take to get above...  more »
  • This past weekend, August 13&14, 2016 we traveled to Natural Chimney's State Park. I was pleased that I was able to get a full hookup, EWS at a State Park. Those that chose tent sites or just electric...  more »
  • The park is beautiful with very large RV spaces, full and partial hook ups as well as tent sites. There's a decent sized pool, playground, pavilion, bb court and it's a short walk to the chimneys. For...  more »