- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (AP) - Thanks to collaboration among The Nature Conservancy, the state and private landowners, Chimney Rock State Park is growing.

Media outlets report the Nature Conservancy recently transferred 536 acres to the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, which will add them to Chimney Rock State Park.

The park was established in 2007 and is now 6,200 acres. Conservancy spokesman Fred Annand says with the recent land parcel additions, it connects conservation land from the Bat Cave Preserve to the well-known Chimney Rock outcropping topped with an American flag, and south to the southern rim of Hickory Nut Gorge.

The newly conserved property is divided into several parcels. By connecting existing parcels of state park land, the acquisitions will provide a land base for future trail development and protect high-quality natural areas.

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