A parks official says the state will spend 24 million dollars to buy privately owned Chimney Rock Park.
Charlie Peek of the state Division of Parks and Recreation says Governor Easley is expected to formally announce the pending sale late this morning.
Chimney Rock is a western North Carolina landmark which has served as the backdrop for several major motion pictures.
The state parks system had long been in negotiations with the family that owns the thousand-acre property in Rutherford County.
Their original asking price was 55 million dollars.
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