Grandfather Mountain Now NC's Newest State Park

The state has closed on the purchase of almost 2,500 acres of Grandfather Mountain, officially marking the beginning of North Carolina's newest state park.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation said the state closed
Thursday on the purchase.

Legislators approved the $12 million purchase of the undeveloped
backcountry portion of the mountain in March, and Gov. Beverly
Perdue signed the bill into law March 31.

The family-owned Grandfather Mountain Inc. will continue to operate the famous attraction alongside the new state park.

The acquisition also includes a conservation easement on 749 acres to be retained by the heirs of company founder Hugh Morton and which includes the attraction's nature center, wildlife habitats and "mile-high" swinging bridge.

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  • by Ray Location: Greenville on Jun 5, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Way to go Gov. Beverly Perdue. Lay off teacher and other state employees and purchase a mountain for no reason. I understand that this is an important place for our state in the mountains but if we dont have the money to pay our own workers why waist money like this??????? There is NO REASON!
  • by jojo on Jun 5, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    Now lets turn Tweetsie into a state park. I drive the train for free.
  • by Dare County Citizen Location: Guess on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    Um, Bubba.....the Outer Banks generates THE most tax revenue in the State of NC and has bailed out many other counties in time of need. The politicians that represent the Outer Banks get more done than the sniveling idiots that work the rest of the state. If you folks are so worried about a crooked state, MOVE. If it wasnt for the attractions of the Outer Banks and the tourism dollars it generates along with the tax revenue, NC would be even more broke. Look up the revenues yourself... NC attracts tons and tons of tourists who spend tons and tons of money in the mountains and in the state itself... that shop in your stores and in your counties and sleep in your hotels and eat in your restaurants....all of this generates money in the state and for the state. Enough.
  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    As much as I love the mountains, and Grandfather Mountain in particular..uh, I thought we were broke? And the part that incenses me the most is that we (our State)didn't even buy the swinging bridge, etc.,we bought undeveloped land, which means more money to get it up and running's got to come from "somewhere". The Hits Just Keep on Coming!!
  • by Don Location: Williamston on Jun 5, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    another 12 million on a state park. They just spent 25 million on a fishing pier in Nags Head. I think all state employees should go on strike, what would the state do then. Thank everybody for voting strait ticket, YOU SCREWED OUR STATE...
  • by allen Location: clayton on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    How nice- Let's purchase undeveloped land while cutting teacher and state employee pay.
  • by bubba Location: who cares on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    I can assure you, any land that is bought by the state is due to politicians taking care of friends, just look at the examples in the Outer Banks over the past several years. Why do we keep these crooks in office>????, uh....cause someone in church told me to vote straight ticket. Foolish People!!
  • by buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 4, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    Hummm, I thought we were broke. Hummm, I thought we were broke. Repeated for effect. You stupid a#@ legislators and governor, spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave. There are things that the state needs, right now another park SHOULD NOT be on that list. I'm gonna start going to those TEA parties. You guys have had it. Buzz-

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