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Welcome to Chestnut Mountain
Chestnut Mountain is a nature-based recreation park, located one mile east from the Town Of Canton, and covers 450 acres of forested ridgelines and coves providing a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The park consists of a Frontcountry day-use area for picnicking and transitions into the Backcountry as you move deeper into the park where you'll find multi-use trails for both hikers and bikers.
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN NATURE PARK
The transformation of this undeveloped 450 acres of land into a complete park will be a massive undertaking and will require a multi-phased approach over time. Updates will be posted below as things happen!
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NEW trails are on the way.
JUNE 2, 2022
Some exciting things are going to be happening at Chestnut Mountain in the next 12 months including... NEW TRAILS!!! We will be building a multi-use climbing trail TO THE TOP, hiking-only backcountry trails, multiple shared-use trails, and single-direction downhill mountain biking trails.
FIRST PHASE of the park opened to the public.
APRIL 23, 2022
Approximately 35 of the total 450-acre tract will be available for daytime use with the park opening at dawn and closing at dusk each day. This area includes the mountain biking skills course at Berm Park, a mixed use (hiking and biking) trail that climbs approximately 350 ft. from the parking lot and Bridge Park and a bike-only trail used for exiting the Berm Park.
In 2020, the purchase of the property was facilitated by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) for the purpose of conservation via easement and donation of the land to the Town of Canton.
Key to Conserving
A Wildlife Corridor
Chestnut Mountain lies in a wildlife corridor that provides the only northward path between Mt. Pisgah, through Sandy Mush, to Max Patch, making it essential for wildlife mobility in the region.
Part Of The
Hellbender Regional Trail System
Chestnut Mountain will be an important stop along the Hellbender Trail, a 150-mile regional greenway system that is being championed by The Land of Sky Regional Council and local governments.