By Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

NEBO, N.C. (AP) - The Lake James State Park in Burke County is getting an additional 130 acres of land, including one of the most stunning pieces of waterfront property in the shadow of Linville Gorge Wilderness.

The land formerly owned by Crescent Communities has been added to the park with help from The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and grants from two conservation trust funds.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported ( the two parcels of property include the 125-acre “Lodge Tract.” Crescent Communities had planned to build a lodge.

The $1.7 million acquisition is being funded through the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Susie Hamrick Jones with the Foothills Conservancy says efforts to conserve the property around Lake James began in 1998.A par


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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