The view from The Loops Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway includes a portion of the Rose Creek Natural Area, a property conserved by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC). About 1.5 miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail crosses this 534-acre property, purchased by CTNC in 2008. The tract, directly across the Blue Ridge Parkway from the protected CSX railroad land, also includes abundant streams and a variety of native wildlife, and will be turned over to the state of North Carolina for permanent public recreation management.
In 1995, Kit Carson-Trubey bought the Orchard, having signed a contract only two hours after she and her brother Bill Carson saw it for sale in the local weekly paper. She acted quickly, concerned that in the hands of a developer this 2-mile stretch of land with breathtaking views would be permanently marred.