Gorges State Park, Sapphire

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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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  • August 12, 2017
    The visitor center is so well done. Lots of info about the area, some history, geography, and souvenirs of course. We took the hike to Upper Black Wallow Falls. It was a half mile each way. Going down...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    On a hot Saturday morning in July we hiked to Rainbow Falls and then on to Turtleback Falls (sliding rock). The parking was already full at 10:00am - but the rangers were there directing everyone to t...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Gorges State Park has a great Visitor Center with Bathrooms,Gift Shop and outdoor area with views and rocking chairs. The Bearwallow Trail/ Area has a picnic shelter and a 1 mile round trip trail to a...  more »

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