On land once slated for development, we have now protected more than 2,200 acres. And we are working to protect even more, with plans to link two vast state trails.
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A new two-mile section of trail just opened in the Hickory Nut Gorge, creating a link between two highly popular trails—the Bearwallow Mountain Trail and the Wildcat Rock Trail. It’s part of our larger vision for a 130+ mile trail network in the gorge.
Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave is a beautiful, wild place where scientists recently discovered a new salamander. It’s a place where fourth graders learn math and science outdoors. It’s a place where people find healing through forest bathing. And it’s a place where a hiking trail may connect to Chimney Rock State Park.