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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The recently completed donation of 778.5 acres to DuPont State Recreational Forest ensures that one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions will continue to grow more popular. Yet for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit DuPont each year, options for camping are limited.
That’s the way it’s been since 2015 when the popular Cascade Lake Recreation Area, owned by the Pickelsimer family on Cascade Lake adjacent to the state forest, shut down.
Now the forest has grown to more than 11,000 acres with the donation of acreage from the estate of the late Charles Pickelsimer Jr. Valued at $4.1 million, it was “one of the largest gifts in North Carolina conservation history,” according to Bill Holman, the director of the Raleigh-based N.C. Conservation Fund.
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