Pisgah View is Buncombe County's first state park and the closest — about a 30-minute drive — to the rapidly growing city of Asheville. The land that is now home to the future state park was owned by the Cogburn Family for over 200 years. Privately owned since the 1940s, the "Pisgah View Ranch" offered horseback riding, rental cabins, swimming pool, a tennis court, and other amenities.
North Carolina's state parks system was established in 1916 with the creation of Mount Mitchell State Park in nearby Yancey County. For lands to be considered as a possible North Carolina state park, they must have "extraordinary natural resources representative of North Carolina's rare or pristine ecosystems, have potential for recreation, including facilities and access necessary to support it, and have sufficient opportunities for land acquisition."
Pisgah View is the 35th state park added to the North Carolina State Parks System, and the 10th in the mountain region of North Carolina.
Three senators sponsored a bill to authorize a state park at Pisgah View — state Sens. Chuck Edwards, Ralph Hise, and Jim Davis. The bill was passed unanimously by the N.C. Senate in June 2019; in the House, where it was championed by state Reps. Brian Turner and Chuck McGrady, it was passed in early July the same year. Further funding authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper in 2021 allowed for the purchase of the remaining 1,600 acres planned for Pisgah View State Park — a purchase that would have otherwise taken several years.
Pisgah View State Park features headwater streams, ridgelines, and wildlife corridors — critical elements that give it high conservation value for water quality and wildlife. Ranging in elevation from 2,500 feet above sea level along South Hominy Creek to more than 4,800 feet at the Buncombe-Haywood county line, the area features waterfalls, wildflowers, streams, and stunning views.
Chestnut oak forests, cliffs, rock outcrops, and other natural communities across the landscape support a diverse assemblage of native plants and animals, including some species found only in the southern Appalachians.
The Division of Parks and Recreation is preparing a master plan for Pisgah View State Park. The master plan will be a 20-year plan that covers the entire state park, which includes over 1,600 acres spanning Buncombe and Haywood counties and is located within the Spring Mountain range and the Southern Appalachian escarpment, an ecologically significant region.
Equinox Environmental of Asheville has been contracted to work with DPR and the public to develop the master plan, initially identifying the recreation, educational, and conservation needs for the park. The master plan process is estimated to last about a year and a half and stakeholder input will continue throughout the process. There will be three public informational meetings that will be held in the community; these meetings will be open-house-style public information meetings that will allow feedback from the community.
If you cannot attend in person, you can take the online survey: