The Valle Crucis Park trail has been extended through Blue Ridge Conservancy Farmland.

The Avery Journal reports 21.7 acres of farmland located within the Valle Crucis Historic District along Highway 194, will forever remain as agricultural and recreational land along Dutch Creek and the Watauga River, thanks to the generosity of John and Faye Cooper, longtime residents, conservationists and owners of Mast General Store.

Last spring a major stream restoration project improved the integrity Dutch Creek. The property is now more conducive for agriculture and is safer for public access.

A new, unpaved trail extends from the Valle Crucis Park loop through the field offering additional opportunities for fishing, exercising, bird watching, and more.

The Cooper Farm has potential for hosting sustainable agriculture, environmental education, recreation and more.

For more information visit BlueRidgeConservancy.org and ValleCrucisPark.org.