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Update – Future Pisgah View State Park

The future Pisgah View State Park in western North Carolina is beginning to take shape, primarily created from land owned by the Cogburn family since the late 1700s. The family opened Pisgah View Ranch in 1941, and it became a beloved spot for generations of guests to gather for events and enjoy outdoor recreation.  In 2019, the Cogburn family decided to secure a legacy of public enjoyment on the land for future generations, agreeing to sell the land to the state of NC for creation of a new state park – the first in Buncombe County.

The Process of Creating a State Park

Pisgah View Ranch in foregound, Newmans forested tract in left backgroundNC state parks are funded mostly through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF), and timing for completing acquisitions for the future park depends in part on the total amount designated for PARTF in the state budget each biennium. Funding all the initial property purchases for the park could take up to five years. Currently, there is not a specific timeline for the park’s opening.

“Each year, the division of parks and recreation will request Parks and Recreation Trust Fund monies to purchase the initial lands for the park,” said Katie Hall, public information officer for the division. “How quickly we purchase the lands for the park will depend on balancing priorities across the park system and annual funding to PARTF from the General Assembly.”

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy continues to assist our partners in the state in acquiring parcels for inclusion in the state park. SAHC has secured $1 million in matching contributions for the state to purchase land for the park and facilitated the donation of 10 acres of park land by Stagg and Cheryl Newman in 2021. So far, the state has acquired 509 acres out of an estimated 1,600 acres total planned for the park; this includes three tracts from the Cogburn family and the donation of land from the Newmans. Read more