Local scout creates campsite for Eagle Scout project

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (July 21, 2014) – A new overnight campsite area is now available at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area thanks to the hard work of Jacob Burke, a member of Hiddenite Boy Scout Troop #280, who created the campsite for his Eagle Scout project.

Burke, along with numerous volunteers, worked more than 100 hours on the project. The new campsite offers a primitive backpack camping experience, with three tent pads, a fire pit, and lantern hooks. Burke, age 18, hopes the campsite will be enjoyed by visitors of Rocky Face Park for years to come.

He would like to thank the following companies, organizations, and individuals that donated to his project: Mike Warren (two tons of sand), Peoples Drug ($25 donation), Sipe Lumber (half-price on extra fire bricks), Lowes in Statesville (donated fire pit kit and gave 10 percent discount on other materials), Home Depot in Statesville (donated 15 4x4x10 pieces of lumber and 32 metal brackets), Food Lion in Taylorsville ($10 gift card to buy drinks for volunteers), AutoZone in Taylorsville (donated four pairs of gloves and two pairs of safety glasses), Gary Patterson ($20 donation), Cindy Sellers and Hiddenite United Methodist Church ($75 donation), Chuck Harmon (welded the metal grill and fire pit insert), Southern States in Statesville (donated hedge clippers), and Eddie’s Welding (donated metal grill and extension to fire pit).

More than four tons of sand was delivered to the campsite area for the tent pads, but the remainder of the tools and materials were hauled in on foot to the campsite area, which is located just off the Grindstone Trail.

Alexander County Government and the staff of Rocky Face Park would like to express their appreciation to Jacob Burke for his significant contribution to the park.

Reservations are required for the campsite at a cost of $13 per night. No restrooms are available. This is a carry-in, carry-out facility, so please be prepared to remove all trash and recyclables when you leave the campsite. Other rules and regulations apply. For more information, call the park office at (828) 632-1093 or visit www.rockyfacepark.com.

Rockyfest 2014

An estimated crowd of 600 people enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend activities at RockyFest 2014, held on Saturday, May 24 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area. The event kicked off with 5K and 10K trail races, followed by free rock-climbing classes, live music, children’s activities, food, and vendors.
The 5K and 10K races featured the grueling “Stairway to Heaven” portion of the course. For the 10K, first place went to Hunter Townsend, age 22 of Taylorsville, with a time of 51:37. Scott McLelland, age 47 of Davidson, placed second with a time of 57:33, and Marissa Cooper, age 36 of Taylorsville, placed third with a time of 1:00:30.6. The top three males were Townsend and McLelland, along with Wesley Bishop, age 32 of Taylorsville, who placed fourth overall with a time of 1:03:10. The top three females were Marissa Cooper, followed by her daughter Paige Cooper, age 15 of Taylorsville, who placed ninth with a time of 1:07:27, and Julie McMakin, age 43 of Mooresville, who placed 17th with a time of 1:20:33. For the 5K, first place went to Steve Childers, age 55 of Taylorsville, with a time of 29:02. Randy Whaley, age 45 of Shelby, placed second with a time of 30:48, while Stacy Lancaster, age 40 of Statesville, placed third with a time of 31:55. The top three females in the 5K were Christy Lippard, age 40 of Stony Point, who placed fourth with a time of 36:49, followed by Katy Speagle, age 27 of Newton, who placed sixth with a time of 38:43, and Kelsie Stikeleather, age 11 of Taylorsville, who placed seventh with a time of 38:46. RockyFest-Trail-Race-Results-2014
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Those in attendance enjoyed performances by three Alexander County bands: The Sugarloaf Ramblers, Shook Lane, and The Idle Time Band. The event was held in recognition of Rocky Face Park’s second anniversary. Thanks to everyone who participated!