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A series of picnic tables mark the latest step in ongoing efforts to restore Highway 181’s
Brown Mountain Overlook.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-11-15 12:17:55
Last modified: 2012-11-15 12:17:55

Improvements to Brown Mountain Overlook

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The most recent upgrade to Brown Mountain Overlook includes a series of picnic tables designed to give passing motorist the ideal spot to eat while enjoying beautiful views to both the east and west. 

Brown Mountain Overlook, on Highway 181 near Jonas Ridge, has seen a number of improvements over recent years, thanks in part to efforts of Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen, who dedicated an informational kiosk at the site last year. North Carolina Forest Service keeps views open, not only of Brown Mountain, but of the famous mountains comprising the eastern rim of Linville Gorge, including Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting Bear.

“With the help of a few other people, we talked them into putting five new picnic tables and another receptacle for trash at the overlook,” Cohen said of the new improvements. “It has already been highly used, especially during the leaf season. The NCFS, two or three times each year, will clear the weeds that grow up on both sides of the highway to ensure that there is beautiful scene on both sides. In my wildest dreams, when we started cleaning it up several years ago, I never believed that it was that needed. It was a shame that it was so overgrown and unkept for years before we got hold of it.”