The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation needs more property in northern Rockingham before starting the other major branch of the park in that area, said Carol Tingley, the agency's deputy director.
"It's going to take a few years for the land acquisition that we need," Tingley
"It would be too much to say that we want to buy all we'll ever have there before starting.
But it really is important to have what we need to construct (park facilities)."
Getting the land is complicated by the fact that the state park system does not condemn land, meaning it works only with willing sellers at the time of their choosing, Tingley
Some owners of desirable property in northern Rockingham are willing to sell, she
said, but the current recession has left park officials with little money for new land.
But developing the park's next major phase will take more land and money than state park officials have in hand, Tingley
and other state park officials say.