Beloved Pisgah National Forest, Parkway views get a little bigger

It’s not every day we get more to love of something we love so much. And at a bargain price.

The Pisgah National Forest the most beloved of all forests in North Carolina with its 6 million some annual visitors just got a little bigger, adding 212 acres of prime real estate to its half-million acres of woods, streams and waterfalls on the eastern edge of Western North Carolina.

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has acquired the important inholding, known as Backbone Ridge in Caldwell County, with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The property is within the headwaters of Racket Creek in the Johns River watershed in Caldwell County, and will allow for expanded public recreational access, including hunting, fishing and hiking. The newly acquired 212 acres were part of a larger property called Backbone Ridge.

Visible from Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blowing Rock, Backbone Ridge has been a top conservation priority for the U.S. and N.C Forest Service for many years for its pristine waterfalls and streams that provide ideal habitat for native brook trout.

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