900 acres of Little White Oak Mountain become public land in Polk County

Conserving Carolina made 900 acres of North Carolina’s Little White Oak Mountain public, donating 600 acres to the state to expand the Green River Game Lands and 300 acres to Polk County for a local park.

Conserving Carolina said that together, the 900 acres of conserved land in Mill Spring protect views of a local scenic landmark, approximately 13 miles of streams flowing into White Oak Creek and then to the Green River and rare natural communities such as an endangered wildflower, the white irisette.

The land added to the Game Lands, including the summit of Little White Oak Mountain, will be open to the public for hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities. The local park will connect to the county’s recreation complex next to Polk County Middle with plans for a network of seven to 10 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking.

“We are excited to see this park expand outdoor recreation opportunities for local residents by adding new hiking trails and creating the first mountain biking trails in Polk County,” county Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Stensland said in a news release. “This park has the potential to make Polk County more of a destination for outdoor recreation and benefit local businesses.”

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