Beginning immediately, access at Whirlpool State Park will be partially limited due to construction to rebuild the overlook and rim trail.
The area along the gorge edge will be fenced off to the public but the trail area to the south of the main overlook will remain open in order to afford views of the rapids and whirlpool. Signage will be put in place to direct patrons to this open area.
Additionally, a detour will be in place on the lower trail to protect hikers from potential falling debris. As always, trail users should use extreme caution when enjoying the Gorge.
As the project progresses, the area near the Pavilion will be closed as well.
Lastly, several parking spots in southwest corner of the parking lot will be occupied for staging of the construction crew.
Work is expected to continue through November.
For more information on this project, please call 284-5778.
Whirlpool State Park has two levels -- the street level has many scenic overlooks with spectacular views of the Whirlpool and rapids. There are picnic facilities and a playground, as well as the gorge natural history room at the restroom building; both are open seasonally. The river level offers hiking and fishing by taking the staircase located just downstream from the main park area. At the base of the gorge, you can hike upstream along the Whirlpool Rapids Trail past the Whirlpool to a point along the Whirlpool Rapids. You can return to this staircase to exit the gorge, or take the Devil's Hole Trail downstream to the Devil's Hole staircase to the top of the gorge at Devil's Hole State Park. From there, you can take the rim trail back to Whirlpool State Park.