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Gorges State Park in partnership with Friends of Gorges is constructing a New Interactive Trail at the park Visitor Center.   This short, easy, all age friendly trail is being sponsored by the Friends of Gorges. We need YOU to make it a reality by May 1st 2018!
 
Scheduled Work Days:
February – 10, 14, 17, & 21.
March – 21, 24, & 28.
April – 11, 14, 18, 25.
 
9:00am to 4:00pm each day. Or Whenever YOU can make it !
 
Contact Information:  To sign-up contact Patricia at:828.966.9099 or patricia.riddle@ncparks.gov
                                    For more information contact Steve at 828.966.9099 or steve.pagano@ncparks.gov
 

 Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:23pm
Gorges Spring ART Show   

The Friends of Gorges State Park is pleased to announce its first spring art show May 18 – 20. 2018 hosted by Gorges State Park. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina our fine art show will focus exclusively on the landscape and wildlife of this area. Acceptable media will include painting, fiber and photography. There will be no cost to the artists and all works may be exhibited for sale to the Park visitors.

 

The show will be located in the Park's Visitors Center which is open to the public everyday except December 25. The Auditorium and Classroom will be used for the artist setups and will be secured during show off hours. Exhibitors will be required to provide their own setups with chairs and a table available from the park.

 

Artists interested in exhibiting may receive more information by contacting events@friendsofgorges.org or visiting www.friendsofgorges.org.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:18pm
TRAIL ADVISORY   

All trail users are urged to use caution on ALL Park Trails.  The winter has been extremely wet with rain totals already over 20" since January 1 !   Trails are extremely wet, soft, and slippery.  Please becareful  , stay on designated marked trails and watch your footing.

 Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:18pm
History

Although you might feel removed from civilization while walking deep into the Gorges wilderness, evidence of past human interference with the environment surrounds you.

One of the most damaging interferences to the Gorges environment occurred in 1916 when the dam containing Lake Toxaway - the largest private lake in the state - broke. Record amounts of water gushed southward down the river, destroying the communities in its path, scouring the gorges and leaving piles of debris 15 to 20 feet high. These debris piles still remain.

After the flood, local citizens eventually sold large land tracts in the Gorges to Singer Sewing Machine Company, which logged most of the land. Then, in the 1940s and 1950s, Singer sold the land to Duke Energy Corporation. The corporation purchased the land for its steep topography and high rainfall, which offered opportunities for development of hydropower projects. Crescent Land and Timber Corporation, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, managed the land, closing some roads and limiting human access to protect the environment.

Conservation studies began in the area in the late 1970s, and in 1982 nearly 275 acres of land that is currently in the park was placed on the NC Registry of Natural Heritage Areas because of the numerous rare species. In the late 1990s, Duke Energy determined that it no longer needed large portions of the Gorges for future hydropower and offered the land for sale to natural resources agencies in North and South Carolina. The NC Division of Parks and Recreation stepped up to create, with the support of local citizens and the General Assembly, a very exciting state park.

Contact:

Gorges State Park

976 Grassy Ridge Road
SapphireNC 28774
Phone(828) 966-9099
gorges@ncparks.gov, Caution: GPS directions in this area of the state are not reliable.
Latitude: 35.096000
Longitude: -82.951000

Park Hours:

General Park Hours
7am to Midnight

Picnic Areas
8am to Dusk

Visitor Center
Monday - Friday 
9am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 
9am  to 5pm 

Business Office Hours 
Monday - Friday 
8am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 
Closed