Gorges State Park, Sapphire

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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  • Worth to go and see the waterfalls.Long walk.Recommend take some water and snacks.Some parts of the way has mud and u ll come back with dirty shoes.  more »
  • Gorges is just one of those parks that you cannot miss. The hiking is fantastic and the falls are so pretty. Take lots of water and your hiking shoes and spend an entire day there. Many trails. Love t...  more »
  • We came here to hike the trail to rainbow falls and first went in the visitor center. While a modest center it was nice. Then drove on down to the trail head for Rainbow Falls which was the Grassy Rid...  more »
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  • One of the most over looked and beautiful areas of the south east. Home to some of the best and stoutest whitewater around (if you have the skills). Unfortunately much of trying park is off trail, so get good at bush whaking!
  • Fantastic park! Several beautiful waterfalls along a moderate hike with one you can slide down into a pool below. Backcountry camping also available
  • Great trails. Great views. I'm glad we went and experienced the trails. Obviously some are more difficult than others.
  • Don't forget to stop at the visitors center. It is one of the best I have seen and the view is outstanding. Lots of great hikes to be found here and I have yet to see it super busy.
  • Beautiful!! Awesome trails that are marked very well. And a couple of rivers for fly fishing! Looking forward to camping here soon.
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