2019 Timelines: History

On January 23, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks completed the first land purchase, about 1,500 acres, for the new Bobs Creek State Natural Area in southeastern McDowell County. Located just over three miles from the Town of Marion, the new state natural area will eventually be open for public hiking and other passive recreation uses.


Land Protection Record

Tract Designation County Acres
Bob’s Creek State Natural Area – Phase 1 North Carolina State Parks McDowell 1501
Little Cedar Mountain South Mountains Game Lands Burke 96
Jacob Fork River Property Future Catawba County Park Catawba 188
Paddy’s Creek Property Lake James State Park McDowell 36
Cane Creek Meadow South Mountains Gamelands McDowell 20
Lindsay Tract FCNC South Mountains Headwaters Preserve Burke 90
Bailey Tract – Mineral Springs Mountain Wilderness Gateway State Trail Burke 45
Aho Road Conservation Easement Watauga 46
Misty Meadows Farm & Forest Conservation Easement Burke 192
Overmountain Victory Trailhead Pisgah National Forest McDowell 8
Bob’s Creek State Natural Area – Phase 2 North Carolina State Parks McDowell 2,199
Henry Fork Inholdings South Mountain State Parks Burke 29
Jonas Ridge Bog Burke County Public Parks Burke 17