Hickory Nut Gorge State Park has released its master plan, a long-term vision for the state park that sits on the edge of Lake Lure, 30 minutes east of Asheville, N.C. The park is most famous for Chimney Rock, a distinctive rock outcropping and massive cliff band that was operated as a privately owned tourist attraction before being turned into a state park in 2005. Today, the 4,531-acre state park not only includes Chimney Rock, but the popular climbing destination of Rumbling Bald and thousands of acres of backcountry. The master plan includes the creation of new day access areas at Rumbling Bald along with new hiking trails around the cliffs and boulders, a brand new 15-mile backpacking trail that circumnavigates the park, and at least 10 miles of purpose-built singletrack for mountain bikers.

Click here to read the executive summary of the master plan