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Popular hiking spot Edwards Point on Signal Mountain now protected land

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SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WTVC) — The Tennessee River Gorge Trust (TRGT) announced Tuesday that it has purchased the 32 acres that make up one of the Chattanooga region's most scenic sites: Edwards Point on top of Signal Mountain.

A $300,000 contribution from The Tucker Foundation and $60,000 from other members of the community helped pay for the land purchase.

A release says it moves the TRGT closer to their $1.15 million capital campaign goal for further land investment.

Their Executive Director, Rick Huffines, said that the campaign will help them to continue to make the right land investments to preserve the Gorge.

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The lot of land was privately owned by the Stocker and Arnold families. Family members say that they wanted to ensure that the land would remain undeveloped and available for future generations to enjoy.

Edwards Point was originally purchased by Tim and Wendy Arnold's uncle. He was a World War II veteran who bought the property as a place of solace after the war.

The Edwards Point property has been in our family for several years," said Tim Arnold. "My uncle, Jay Norman Skylar, acquired it with two friends right after World War II. My sister Wendy and I inherited it through my grandparents, and then through my mother. As the lands transitions to the stewardship of the River Gorge Trust, we feel certain that this small part of our natural world will be preserved.
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