By Hannah Gillespie
In late 2017 and early 2018, these parks gained new territory thanks to land trust organizations and other donors.
956: Acres to be transferred to Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park in Tennessee through a partnership with the nonprofit organization Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. The land, located on the biologically rich Cumberland Plateau, is home to eight caves and several rare species.
955: Acres to be transferred to Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina by nonprofit organization The Nature Conservancy. The property’s flat land will enhance visitor accessibility.
753: Acres to be added to DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina from a private landowner donation through nonprofit organization The Conservation Fund. The property will be open to the public for recreation.
283: Acres to be acquired for the future Oak Hill Needleseye Boulder Park in West Virginia through a partnership with the West Virginia Land Trust. This park will feature rock climbing, hiking trails and mountain biking.