Lake Lure is planning to establish a 200 acre public park, which is expected to include hiking and mountain biking trails. Horseback riding and picnicking are also planned in the new park according to this Citizen-Times article, and the area could serve as part of a much longer trail. The land is part of a tract currently owned by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, which has worked hard to preserve land in the Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge areas. Much of that preserved land will eventually be included in the new Chimney Rock State Park, but that was not mentioned as a possibility for this tract – which is good, considering that mountain biking is generally not allowed in state parks. Good news for outdoor recreation enthusiasts living East of Asheville!