Support the Lansing Creeper Trail Park expansion
A Community Gathering Space That Will Become A Destination For Ashe County Residents and Visitors Alike
You’ve probably had experience growing a tree or a garden, but how about a park?
The Town of Lansing is poised to grow our park from the well-loved 10 acres to a 65- acre community gathering place. The expanded park will provide a variety of outdoor experiences from new walking trails to primitive camping to an adventure playground. It will also feature the work of local craftsman and contractors, innovative technologies and re-purposed barns that will be venues for dances, live music and other events.
We need your help to make this vision a reality!
It’s true that Lansing received a significant grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which is a great boon for the town and for Ashe County. The fundraising isn’t over, however, since the grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match. This is where you come in. In order to grow the park, we need your tax-deductible donation. Please take a moment to help us make our vision a reality!
Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1000 will provide the necessary funds to grow the park. For larger donations, please inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org about naming opportunities, which include:
- Outdoor Classroom
- Dance Hall
- Adventure Playground
- Pedestrian Bridges
- Walking Trail
Make your credit or debit card donation here.
Or mail check payable to “Town of Lansing” to PO BOX 72 Lansing, NC 28643
Some planned features of the expanded park
Lansing Creeper Trail Park will feature a trailhead, parking area and new paved walking trail. This will eventually connect to the existing trail via a pedestrian bridge, extending the current trail from .5 miles to 1.5 miles. An Outdoor Classroom and interpretive signage will be located along the trail near the creek and will highlight plant life, wildlife and the history of the railroad the town. An adventure playground will use large timbers to create a unique and custom active play area for children including a music garden.
The park will offer primitive campsites and natural surface hiking trails, including one that leads to a viewing tower and one along the old Virginia Creeper rail bed. A beginner mountain bike trail will meander along the hills on the west bank of Big Horse Creek. Restroom facilities will also be available.
Micro-water wheels are planned to provide an alternative power source for park lighting. Conservation measures will include native plantings, a storm water garden and other protections for preserving almost 7,000 of stream and banks.
Fishing piers will provide easy access to Big Horse Creek, a state stocked, delayed harvest trout stream now designated a Mountain Heritage Trout Water by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. This program allows visiting anglers to purchase a temporary, three-day trout license online for $5 and to fish Big Horse Creek.