The Transylvania Times -

By Eric Crews
Staff Writer 

'Missing Link' Would Complete Epic Trail


Last updated 1/6/2014 at 9:23am

Local hiker Matt Kirk has completed the 350-mile Southern Appalachian Loop Trail.

For around five years, staff at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy have been working on gaining access to a tract of land in southeastern Transylvania County they've dubbed "The Missing Link."

Bordering DuPont State Recreational Forest, the 2-mile-long swath of undeveloped forest stretches to the South Carolina border, where more than 10,000 acres of protected forests are located.

According to Peter Barr, trails and outreach coordinator with the CMLC, the land has the potential to complete the final public connection to an extensive interstate trail network measuring more than 350 mil...

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