• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Prominent overlook donated to Blue Ridge Parkway

BLOWING ROCK — Thunder Hill Overlook, a 229-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Blowing Rock, will be permanently free from subdivision, development and logging after being acquired by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. CTNC plans to donate the Watauga County property to the National Park Service for incorporation in the Blue Ridge Parkway park boundary.

The Thunder Hill Overlook property is highly visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 290 and 291, and it can be viewed from both the Thunder Hill and Yadkin Valley overlooks. The land includes numerous unnamed streams and Martin Branch, one of the primary streams forming the headwaters of the Yadkin River.

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