Size in Acres:
Topographical maps are available by contacting:
NC Geographical Survey, 1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612, (919) 715-9718,
Ownership & Access:
The Conservancy offers guided hikes to its Bluff Preserve several times a year.
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.
Scheduled hikes begin at 10 a.m.
May 6, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 24
July 1, 8, 22
August 5, 11, 26
September 2, 16, 30
October 6, 14, 21
For questions and information about Bluff Mountain Preserve and our scheduled hikes, contact the local Ashe County Steward Kelly Clampitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, adding the Bluff Valley Wetlands in 2014 and actively working to add additional tracts.