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Have your say in transforming a former WNC dude ranch into North Carolina's newest state park

Horses graze on the grounds of the Pisgah View Ranch in the summer of 2019, shortly before Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 535 into law, creating Pisgah State View Park.
Pisgah View Ranch
Horses graze on the grounds of the Pisgah View Ranch in the summer of 2019, shortly before Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 535 into law, creating Pisgah State View Park.

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation wants public input on the future of North Carolina’s newest state park.

Eighteen miles southwest of downtown Asheville, Pisgah View State Park covers 1,600 acres in both Buncombe and Haywood counties. Nestled within the Spring Mountain range and Southern Appalachian escarpment, it is the 35th addition to the North Carolina state parks system and the 10th in the mountain region.

Before it was purchased by the state, the land was owned by the Cogburn family and was home to the Pisgah View Ranch which offered horseback riding, cabins, a swimming pool and other amenities.

The park's master plan, now in development, will identify and prioritize everything from facilities to spaces for activities, as well as how the park will be managed into the future. The park is scheduled to open sometime in 2025.

An open house-style public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Upper Hominy Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, 1795 Pisgah Highway in Candler.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend, where they can review, discuss, and provide input on their preferred recreational amenities, everything from picnic shelters to equestrian and bike trails.

According to NC Parks, the long-term goal is to connect Pisgah View State Park to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, and the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail system, providing a vital wildlife corridor.

For those unable to attend the public meeting, an online public survey is available at https://www.ncparks.gov/Pisgah-view-state-park/future-development.

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.