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Deciding, ultimately, that pretty mountains and sparkling lake views are best enjoyed by bunches of people, rather than a few, a Rutherford County family sold nearly 100 acres of prime real estate for eventual inclusion in a long-distance trail system and county park in one of the region’s most scenic spots.
Tommy and Julie Hartzog, who live near the property, worked with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to conserve Youngs Mountain, a scenic and rock cliff-riddled mountain peak next to Lake Lure.
The tract will soon become a Rutherford County public park and one day will feature a hiking trail to dramatic cliffs with long-range views to be incorporated into the planned 30-mile Lake Lure Summits Trail.