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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.Use our Sapphire tour itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Gorges State Park and other attractions in Sapphire.
The 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.
Gorges State Park reviews
Ok, no unicorns, but considering how magical this park is, it could happen… First of all, the Ranger Station is fantastic. It teaches you what you need to know about the region and about waterfalls...
Ok, no unicorns, but considering how magical this park is, it could happen… First of all, the Ranger Station is fantastic. It teaches you what you need to know about the region and about waterfalls... more »
Stop into the Rangers Station upon arrival. We had selected two trails using All Trails. First hike was nearly a disaster. So then we went to the Ranger Station and learned All Trails wasn’t ideal as.... more
Stop into the Rangers Station upon arrival. We had selected two trails using All Trails. First hike was nearly a disaster. So then we went to the Ranger Station and learned All Trails wasn’t ideal as.... more »
The brand new RV campsite is as phenomenal as the park. Very easy access and luxuriously big RV sites with concrete pad, rock area with fire pit and picnic table. The bathrooms are shockingly nice, when you walk in it feels like you’re walking into a hotel bathroom, so well done. They can’t post is very friendly and there’s even firewood you can buy on site which is a lifesaver if you have kids and they start asking for a fire and you don’t have any firewood! From the RV site rainbow falls is but a short walk. I highly recommend this park and definitely this campground.
What a beautiful, beautiful park! We visited to make the hike to Rainbow Falls on a gorgeous autumn day. It was a tough, 4 mile hike for this 70 year old but we made it! The falls are beautiful and well worth the effort. The park has other falls, picnic areas, camping and a beautiful visitor's center. Make the trip!
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