Conservancy Aquires Land for Chimney Rock Park

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has acquired 289 acres to be added to Chimney Rock State Park.

The three new tracts of land will form a corridor between the previously acquired World's Edge property and the upper reaches of Chimney Rock Park.

North Carolina is developing Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County. The park will include 996 acres the state purchased from the Morse family for $24 million in May.

The state is working with conservation organizations to buy tracts of land for the new state park.

The conservancy says the recently acquired land is home to a large number of plant and animal species and contains the headwaters of several streams.

Charlie Peek of the state Division of Parks and Recreation says the land will protect the watersheds and help enlarge the boundary adjoining the 1,600-acre World's Edge tract and Chimney Rock Park.