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Bluff Mountain Preserve

2,913 acres in Ashe County

Scenic beauty, unusual landforms, and extraordinary botanical variety in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Ashe County

Size in Acres:


Topographical Map:


Topographical maps are available by contacting:
NC Geographical Survey, 1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612, (919) 715-9718,

Ownership & Access:

The Nature Conservancy preserve is accessible through locally-based guides. Contact Kelly Clampitt and Kristen Travis to schedule a trip to this incredible site. Select the Visit tab or click on the Field Trip and Events page for information on both scheduled and private hikes.

Conservation Highlights:

Bluff Mountain's inaccessibility has protected it from major disturbances. Shortly after the North Carolina Chapter office opened in 1977, the staff began working with the mountain's owners, the Wyn Edwards and Mac Edwards families of West Jefferson, to explore a way to protect the fragile area for conservation. The Nature Conservancy purchased 701 acres of Bluff from the Edwards family in 1978. The chapter continues to work to protect this entire natural area, having expanded the preserve as recently as 1998.

The Conservancy offers guided hikes to its Bluff Preserve several times a year.

In 2015, we will have nature walks and hikes spring through fall to our Bluff Mountain Preserve. Bluff can be enjoyed either by participating in one of our scheduled hikes ($15/person; schedule below) or by arranging a private hike ($150/trip; 10-person limit). The trail is a moderate, 3-mile loop with a 300’ elevation change, traversing the diversity of natural communities that make Bluff an ecological treasure. Hikes may be subject to cancellation if not filled or due to inclement weather. If hike fees pose a challenge financially, please contact the hike leaders to make special arrangements.     

For other questions and information about Bluff Mountain Preserve contact the local Ashe County Steward Kelly Clampitt at

Contact Kristen Travis to sign up for the following hikes:

April 25 @ 1:30 pm
May 23 @ 1:30 pm
May 30 @ 10:30 am
June 6 @ 10:30 am
June 13 @ 1:30 pm
July 3 @ 1:30
July 5 @ 10:30 am

Contact Kelly Clampitt to sign up for the following hikes:

July 27 @ 10:30 am
August 15 @ 1:30 pm
August 29 @ 10:30 am
September 5 @ 10:30 am
September 12 @ 1:30pm
October 10 @ 10:30
October 17 @ 1:30 pm

And don't forget to check our Volunteer page for opportunities to get involved.


Have you been to this preserve? Are you thinking of visiting? See what others are saying about their experiences and add your comments below.

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