A one-time Xmas tree farm abutting the iconic Linville Gorge in Burke County is now a sprawling, natural playground for white-tailed deer, warblers and wild turkey, as effectively as for people.

On the previous day of 2020, the Conservation Fund, a nationwide nonprofit land have faith in, marketed the 205-acre Extensive Arm Mountain property to the U.S. Forest Service.

Surrounded on 3 sides by the Linville Gorge Wilderness, the assets transfer forever protects the land from development.

“Linville Gorge is a well known area for recreation like hiking, tenting, hunting and climbing,” stated Invoice Holman, the organization’s North Carolina condition director.

He reported the land is visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Linville space, as very well as from the Linville Gorge, household to the common Linville Falls and peaks like Table Rock and Hawksbill. It is also adjacent to Gingercake Acres, a housing advancement.

“Conserving land in just the gorge not only preserves an essential environmental ecosystem, but it enhances these leisure prospects, guards a breathtaking viewshed, appeals to website visitors, and supports North Carolina’s robust outdoor tourism financial system,” Holman mentioned.