Land added to Haywood County’s Blue Ridge Parkway section

The Blue Ridge Parkway is now 53.3 acres bigger thanks to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s recent donation of the Pinnacle Ridge tract in Haywood County.

Pinnacle Ridge is located at milepost 440 near the Waynesville and Village of Saunooke overlooks. Prior to its inclusion in Parkway lands, the property shared more than 4,000 feet of boundary with the National Park Service unit, including adjacency to the 110-acre Richland Creek Headwaters property that CTNC transferred to the Parkway in 2011.

“Conserving the Pinnacle Ridge tract is an investment in the scenic value, environmental benefits and economic vitality of the surrounding region,” said Rusty Painter, land protection director for CTNC. “Adding this property to the Blue Ridge Parkway is another great example of CTNC’s long-standing partnership with the National Park Service. Public-private partnerships like ours continue to strengthen the conservation community as we work toward a shared vision of conserving North Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage.”

Conservation Trust for North Carolina has now conserved 69 properties on the Blue Ridge Parkway, totaling 34,591 acres. Conserving Carolina and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy also conserve land in Haywood County.

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