Weed Patch Mountain Trail, in the Town of Lake Lure, NC has been recognized as one of the best new trails in the nation. In a ceremony on Capitol Hill, the national Coalition for Recreational Trails announced its annual achievement award in the category of trail design and construction. The award went to Conserving Carolina and to Chris “Shrimper” Khare for their work on Weed Patch Mountain Trail.

Weed Patch Mountain Trail, which opened last year, travels for 8.6 miles through the Town of Lake Lure’s Buffalo Creek Park and connects to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. It offers stunning scenery and back country adventure for both hikers and mountain bikers. It also provides the first access to Eagle Rock, a newly established destination for rock climbers. Its spur trail to Eagle Rock in Chimney Rock State Park passes through a natural rock tunnel.

“This is an outstanding achievement, and I join Conserving Carolina’s members, volunteers, and the surrounding communities in celebrating this honor,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “As an avid outdoorsman, I stand in awe of the spectacular views and natural beauty of NC. I am glad that Conserving Carolina’s hard work, commitment to our community, and thoughtful design has been acknowledged.”

The award was presented at the 7/19/19 Town Council Meeting to those photographed, left to right: Commissioner Stephen Webber, Ed Dittmer, Larry Czajkoski, Jim Walters (representing the Lake Lure Parks and Recreation Board). On the far right is Peter Barr with Conserving Carolina.

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