In The News: Gorges State Park

From: Blue Ridge Now

By: Gary Glancy, Published October 28th, 2012

"Western North Carolina has added another gem to its world-class outdoor playground.

Earlier this month, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation unveiled a new 7,100-square-foot visitors center at Gorges State Park in southwestern Transylvania County. Outdoors adventurers, nature lovers and wildlife watchers now have direct access to the stunning waterfalls and jaw-dropping vistas that epitomize the area, located on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment that rises more than 2,000 feet from the foothills of Upstate South Carolina.

The new-look park preserves the rich wildlife, cultural history and natural resources of the region, and includes dozens of miles of trails — with more to come — a scenic loop road and two picnic areas and maintenance facilities.

The centerpiece of it all is the visitors center, which blends into the natural landscape with its stone and timber structure. The center was designed and built at LEED-gold level, said park Superintendent Steve Pagano, who praised the work of general contractor Cooper Construction Co. of Hendersonville."

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