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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  • Great hiking. Moderately strenuous. Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls were beautiful. Crazy people were swimming--looked like fun, but I don't think it's very safe.  more »
  • Enjoyed the Visitor Center and the scenic drive. The views are beautiful. Arrived too late to walk the trails to the Falls, but will definitely do that next trip.  more »
  • This is a place special to my heart because my Father's Cousins owned the property on the Horse Pasture River just below the bridge and just below Drift Falls and this is where used to camp and I lear...  more »