Mt. Mitchell was just the start for NC parks, now 100 years old | WFAE

The view from the lookout atop Mount Mitchell is 360 degrees. On a clear day, you can see the Charlotte skyline. (David Boraks/WFAE)
The view from the lookout atop Mount Mitchell is 360 degrees. On a clear day, you can see the Charlotte skyline. (David Boraks/WFAE)

Early environmentalists had some clout. A century ago, state lawmakers designated Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park. That came after citizens and officials grew worried about increased logging near the peak. Since then, the state park system has grown to 75 protected parks, lakes, beaches, and other natural areas. In my latest feature for WFAE, I take a look back – and ahead – at North Carolina’s state park system.

April 28, 2016, WFAE.org, “Mt. Mitchell Was Just the Start for N.C. Park System, Now 100 Years Old”

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