Pisgah View Ranch, west of Asheville, looks poised to become newest NC state park

State Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Henderson, introduced Senate Bill 535 in April, 2019 that authorizes the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to add Pisgah View State Park to the North Carolina State Parks System.

It was passed unanimously by the Senate and referred to the House on June 24, where it is processing through appropriate committees.

“It’s been in our family since 1790. Before that, the Cherokee owned it. But nobody owns everything forever. This will make sure that when we’re gone, this property will remain much as it is today,” said Max Cogburn of the sprawling, forested haven known as Pisgah View Ranch.

“It is a unique piece of property. It has over 2 miles of ridge line, it has its own watershed, it has headwaters, it looks like it’s surrounded by mountains in a bowl. It’s a fantastic piece of property. We loved having it. It will be bittersweet, but this is the best result for the property and we’re very happy about it. And we’re proud of our contribution,” he said.

For lands to be considered for becoming a North Carolina state park, they must have “extraordinary natural resources representative of North Carolina’s rare or pristine ecosystems, have potential for recreation including facilities and access necessary to support it, and have sufficient opportunities for land acquisition,” said Katie Hall, spokeswoman for N.C. State Parks.

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