NC Gov. Cooper Signs Bills Authorizing New State Park and Trails
Several counties will benefit from passage of these bills
In an effort to enhance visitor opportunities, unique experiences and education for all ages, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed bills into law authorizing a new state park and three new state trails. These bills will allow the addition of Pisgah View State Park in Buncombe and Haywood counties; Northern Peaks State Trail in Watauga and Ashe counties, the Wilderness Gateway State Trail in the South Mountains range in McDowell, Rutherford, Burke and Catawba counties; and the Overmountain Victory State Trail reaching across Avery, Mitchell, McDowell, Burke, Rutherford, Polk, Caldwell, Wilkes and Surry counties. Cooper expects the new state properties to have widespread positive impacts for health, quality of life and the economy. “These new parks and trails will conserve important wildlife habitats and support North Carolina’s flourishing outdoor recreation industry,” Cooper says.
Pisgah View State Park will be in highly scenic southwest Buncombe and Haywood counties. The area is full of trails, unique habitats, cliffs, coves and upland forests that are home to several rare plant and animal species. Learn more at ncdcr.gov.