Just a mile east of Elkins Branch Hollow -- which has high ecological significance due to a streamhead bog -- the Pine Mountain-Mullins Preserve has been largely unused since the 1940s, when some logging may have occurred on its lower slopes.
This site is in Letcher County, about 5 miles west of US 119 pass over Pine Mountain. It fronts on US 119 at the south side of the mountain, and goes up to the crest.
This forest tract is part of the large Pine Mountain landscape, which has several sections of high ecological significance. Long-term conservation goals include most of the mountain. This tract was offered to The Nature Conservancy as a gift from Mabel Mullins, in order to preserve the land in its natural state.
The Nature Conservancy is protecting the forest from human disturbance and exploring its biological features.