A 229-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Blowing Rock, has been protected by the Conservation Trust.

The Thunder Hill Overlook area will be permanently protected from development and logging.

High Country Press reports the CTNC will donate the Watauga County property to the National Park Service to be part of the Blue Ridge Parkway park boundary.

The Thunder Hill Overlook property between mileposts 290 and 291, and can be seen from both the Thunder Hill and Yadkin Valley overlooks.

CTNC’s purchase of the property was made possible by a generous price reduction offered by the sellers and significant contributions from a number of private donors.

Conservation Trust for North Carolina has now conserved 69 properties on the Blue Ridge Parkway, totaling 34,591 acres.