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Mountain-to-Sea Trail Property Acquired in Alamance County

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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Mountain-to-Sea Trail Property Acquired in Alamance County

RALEIGH -- The Mountains-to-Sea Trail project has gained a firm

 

foothold in Alamance County with the acquisition of a 191-acre tract on

the Haw River dedicated to the trail, according to the N.C. Division of

Parks and Recreation.

The purchase was a joint effort of the state parks system and Alamance

County. Conservation of the property formerly owned by Lon Harris,

protects about 4,400 feet of river frontage and provides access to the

Haw River about four miles upstream of the county's Indian Valley

access. Though owned by the state, the property will be managed by the

county as conservation and recreation land.

'This is a milestone in the creation of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in

central North Carolina,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the state

Division of Parks and Recreation. 'We've known all along that creating

the trail wouldn't be possible without partnerships of state and local

governments, volunteers and conservation groups. Alamance County has

been among the first to step forward and help us to see real progress.'

The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund provided funding to the state

parks system for the land purchase. In 2008, the trust fund awarded a

matching grant directly to Alamance County to acquire other recreation

property on the Haw River within the Mountains-to-Sea Trail corridor.

Similar local grants have recently targeted trail development in

Guilford and Johnston counties.

'On behalf of the county of Alamance, we are very excited to be a part

of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail project,' said Linda Massey, chairwoman of

the Alamance County commissioners. 'The Haw River is a vital resource

historically in Alamance County and especially in the small town of Haw

River. The creation of this trail can be very beneficial for many small

towns that the river runs through as more and more land is designated

and developed as recreational. We look forward to continuing our

partnership with the other counties involved in this project.'

Nearly half of the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail has been dedicated,

most of that in western North Carolina on public lands. In 2001, the

trail was formally authorized as a unit of the state parks system, a

step that allows the state to acquire land for its development under the

direction of the division's State Trails Program.

A broad partnership with the division and nine local governments in 2006

was formed to develop a Haw River trail, reaching nearly 70 miles from

Haw River State Park in Rockingham County to Jordan Lake. The

Mountains-to-Sea Trail will follow the same path for about half that

distance.