Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen TimesPublished 4:40 p.m. ET July 20, 2019
It’s official. Buncombe County will get its first state park, where residents will get a front-row seat for viewing Mount Pisgah and watching wildlife, hiking ridge lines, and maybe even take in a horseback ride.
On July 19, Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law SB 535, authorizing the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to create Pisgah View State Park, which will be roughly 1,600 acres, sitting mostly in Candler, with a small parcel in Haywood County.
Earlier in the month the governor also signed into law two bills creating the 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.
Mount Pisgah can be seen in the distance from Pisgah View Ranch, the site of what is set to become North Carolina’s newest state park. (Photo: Courtesy of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy)
“These new parks and trails will conserve important wildlife habitats and support North Carolina’s flourishing outdoor recreation industry,” Cooper said in a statement.