Thursday, January 17, 2008

Big Plans For South Mountains State Park

South Mountain State Park is the home to one of the state's delayed harvest trout streams (and also some large rattle snakes). South Mountains is a large park with only one access point that does not involve some serious hiking to get to. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that all that might change in the near future.
The state Division of Parks and Recreation last week updated its 29-year-old master plan for South Mountains, which lies in southern Burke County and is the largest and one of the most rugged parks in the state, said parks spokesman Charlie Peek.

The new strategy, according to documents from the state, will eventually bring new hiking, walking and equestrian trails, dormitory-style cabins, an environmental education center, a eco-friendly dining hall and a second entrance to the 17,832-acre park.

Currently, Peek said, the only access point into South Mountains is at Jacob Fork, on the park's east side, and much of the terrain in that area is rough and often used for longer and intense hikes and fishing trips, backpacking excursions and camping trips.

"South Mountains has a wonderful backcountry experience," Peek said, "but it's not easily accessible for the casual traveler."
The new facilities could include cabins, trails and an environmental education center. Here is a link to's review of South Mountain's State Park.

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