The Transylvania Times -

Information Kiosks Now At Sliding Rock, Gorges


November 16, 2017

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A new information kiosk has been placed at Sliding Rock.

New informational kiosks created by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) were recently installed at Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest and the entrance to the Gorges State Park Visitor Center.

"Our informational kiosk program has been a big hit with visitors," said Lori Roberts, the TDA board chair. "They are a great way to inform visitors about the many attractions and things to do across Transylvania County."

The four-panel freestanding kiosk at Sliding Rock includes a general visitor overview, a county map, points of interest and waterfall safety tips. It also includes a special "Did you know?" section that provides interesting facts about Sliding Rock and its history.

The Gorges informational kiosk is a larger, single-panel design that includes a general visitor overview, county map and points of interest.

The kiosks were installed with the help and support of the staff of the Pisgah Ranger District and the staff at Gorges State Park.

"We're thankful for the participation of our forest and park partners in this initiative," said Clark Lovelace, the TDA executive director. "They understand the role these kiosks can have in helping to inform and educate visitors to our county."

"The kiosk is the first information display our guests see as they come up to the Visitor Center and it grabs everyone's attention," said Steve Pagano, park superintendent for Gorges State Park. "The combination of the map and the Transylvania County information is fantastic. Our guests love it."

Pagano see the partnership between Gorges and TDA as a "a tremendous asset to our visitors."

Dave Casey, district ranger for Pisgah National Forest, shares that view.

"Our partnership with the TDA has improved how we convey information to many of our forest visitors," said Casey. "The Ranger Station kiosk has been a great asset, and we expect the Sliding Rock kiosk to be just as popular.

"It does a great job of helping visitors better understand how to access all the great attractions we have here in Transylvania County."

The most recent kiosks bring to five the number that the TDA has placed in strategic locations around Brevard and Transylvania County.

The first kiosk was installed in downtown Brevard at the intersection of Broad and Main streets in January of 2016.

The second kiosk was installed in September of 2016 at the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station.

The third kiosk was erected at DuPont State Recreational Forest in January of 2017.

The TDA has approved a budget to produce a sixth informational kiosk.

The location will be announced later this year.


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