The state of North Carolina has agreed to buy Grandfather Mountain's backcountry area. This is wonderful news for hikers. The 2,600 acres will comprise the state's newest park. The backcountry was already protected with conservation easements. It's the area that most of the 250,000 visitors never see.
Making that area a state park will ensure that it will even more protected. Hopefully, the State Park system will add new hiking trails as well. The state will pay $12 millions which is a bargain, considering that we paid over $20 millions for Chimney Rock Park.
The 604-acre tourist attraction which includes the Swinging Bridge will be taken over by a nonprofit corporation run by the Morton family. They say that nothing will change in that section. Now the state of North Carolina has 34 state parks.