Group Buys 523 Acres Along Parkway
(AP) - A Raleigh-based conservation group has bought more than 500 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the Conservation Trust for North Carolina has bought 523 acres where McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties converge.
The group paid a private owner $2.5 million for the stretch of more than three miles between mileposts 319 and 323.
Trust executive director Reid Wilson says the property on Humpback Mountain is a wild, natural area.
The trust will turn the property over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which will own the land and build hiking trails.
Last month, the trust announced it had bought 104 acres along the parkway in Jackson County.