On September 29, 2008, Gov. Mike Easley announced that the state will acquire 2,601 acres on Grandfather Mountain to become North Carolina's newest state park.
Under an agreement with Grandfather Mountain Inc., the state parks system will acquire the undeveloped portion of the famous tourist destination as well as an easement on 604 acres that will be retained by the heirs of Hugh Morton. The purchase price is $12 million. The Morton family will continue to operate the Grandfather Mountain attraction through a nonprofit organization supported by funding from the sale.
Aside from being one of the signature landmarks in our state, Grandfather Mountain is a premier natural resource, boasting 16 distinct ecological communities and 73 rare species and is an International Biosphere Reserve.
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