Long article and I cut/pasted some of it. Anybody know the specific location? We are not far off from locating an area for a dedicated shuttle trail system in our area. Thoughts?
The Conservation Fund's purchase of 786 acres on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line marks the first step toward permanently protecting the largest undeveloped, privately owned tract in Western North Carolina.
The $5.5 million deal is the first piece of an 8,000-acre tract conservation groups plan to buy from former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor for $33 million.
Taylor's Champion Cattle and Tree Farms signed an agreement in the spring to sell the forested land south of Brevard near U.S. 276 to the Conservation Fund and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
The organizations intend to turn it over to the state for recreational use.
Known as the East Fork Headwaters Tract, the 8,000-acre tract encompasses most of the headwaters and main stem of the East Fork of the French Broad River.
The tract is four times the size of Mount Mitchell State Park, contains more than 10 miles of trout streams and more than two dozen waterfalls
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