TROY, N.C. — South Mountains State Park in Burke County has been named North Carolina’s State Park of the Year by the Division of Parks and Recreation. It was selected from three regional nominees that included Jordan Lake and Fort Fisher state recreation areas.
The park was chosen for its “exemplary contribution to the North Carolina state parks mission of stewardship, public service and education,” as well as exemplary leadership, service and educational programming throughout the year. It was specifically recognized for work that went above and beyond in fighting the Chestnut Knob fire. To fight the fire, 97 park staff worked over 3,700 hours over the course of three weeks. The fire caused the park to be closed for two months.
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