Mount Mitchell State Park more than doubles in size

We’re back! And we’ve been busy.

Years ago, we told you we had big news of historic proportions.

In this centennial year of national parks, we can officially celebrate the historic “Cane to Cattail” hike is available for public enjoyment. We were able to enjoy the trek, and now citizens can join scaling the peaks of Mount Craig (6,645 feet), Big Tom Wilson (6,552 feet), Balsam Cone (6,611 feet), and Cattail Peak (6,583 feet), that until this year, was the highest elevation, privately owned peak in the Eastern United States.

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It’s official—everyone can now enjoy the lush spruce-fir forests

The Conservation Fund acquired the land from Cattail Peak down 3,500 feet to the Cane River, which reset the park boundary from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Now that it is out of private ownership for the first time since 1925, hikers can enjoy the high-elevation spruce-fir trees that support a thriving ecosystem.

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The “false summit” of Cattail Peak. The actual peak is at elevation 6,583 feet.

Additionally, it all supports the celebration of the 100th birthday of North Carolina’s first state park, Mount Mitchell State Park.

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We were thrilled to be part of the centennial celebration of Mount Mitchell’s doubled state park size.

A legacy indeed.

Read more about the hike and centennial celebration on The Asheville Citizen-Times and be sure to watch the video of the hikers and trail (top of article).

More: Check out parts one, two and three from our historic hike series.

 

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