Gorges State Park, Sapphire

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State Park
Gorges State Park is a 7709acre North Carolina state park in Transylvania County, North Carolina in the United States. The land, along Jocassee Gorges, was purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation in 1999. It is North Carolina's westernmost state park and one of the state's newest. The park is adjacent to part of the Pisgah National Forest and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Toxaway Game Land. Gorges State Park provides the principle access to the Horsepasture River on these adjoining public lands.HistoryThe land of Gorges State Park is a thriving second growth forest. It has recovered from the interference of man to provide a thriving and unique habitat.One of the most damaging interferences to the Gorges environment occurred in 1916 when the dam containing Lake Toxaway broke. Record amounts of water gushed southward down the Toxaway River, destroying the communities in its path, scouring the gorges and leaving piles of debris 15 to 20ft high.Following the flood, local citizens eventually sold large land tracts in the Gorges to Singer Sewing Machine Company, which logged most of the land. Then, in the 1940s and 1950s, Singer sold the land to Duke Energy Corporation. The corporation purchased the land for its steep topography and high rainfall, which offered opportunities for development of hydropower projects.
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  • This state park has several waterfalls and some easy hiking trails (harder ones available if you wish). If you need a break from city life and work, this is a beautiful place to take it.  more »
  • Gorgeous year around. Make sure to visit the visitors center too. Read the signs! Although this place is worth the hike in ,and out, and the waterfalls and little spring flowers are acceptional, there...  more »
  • Off the beaten path but well worth the look is this state park. Starting at what has to be one of the most attractive visitor centers at any government level, you can hike from the center or drive to ...  more »