Places to Visit

Conservancy Preserves
Bluff Mountain

Scenic beauty, unusual land forms and extraordinary botanical variety in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Nature Conservancy purchased 701 acres of Bluff in 1978, a year after opening its North Carolina Chapter's doors. 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. Visit Bluff Mountain >

Public Areas

The Nature Conservancy has protected 700,000 acres in North Carolina, more than 600,000 of those acres have been transferred to public ownership.

Plott Balsams

More than ninety percent of the area is forested, interrupted only occasionally by rock outcrops and boulders. The Nature Conservancy purchased the Krauss/Stansbury Tract in the Plott Balsam Range in 1997 and donated the 1,654 acres to the National Park Service in 2016 to become part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit Plott Balsams >

Green River Game Land

Located in the southwestern corner of the state, Green River is a relatively undisturbed wilderness area containing narrow gorges, steep ravines, coves and forests. The Nature Conservancy purchased 5,090 acres from Duke Power Company and Crescent Timber in 1994 on behalf of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission that are now managed as the Green River Game Land. Visit Green River >

South Mountains Game Land

The rugged South Mountain range is a reminder of the wilderness that once characterized North Carolina’s Piedmont. A partnership of public and private conservation groups, including The Nature Conservancy, the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, worked for four years to acquire the Rollins Tract and established the South Mountains Game Land in 1998. Visit South Mountains >

Hickory Nut Gorge

We are working to fill in the gaps to protect Hickory Nut Gorge. Along with the protection of the 1,568-acre World's Edge tract in 2005, the Conservancy has acquired several important tracts in the area including the top of Rumbling Bald, much of nearby Roundtop Mountain and forested buffer for nearby Bat Cave Preserve. In future years, it is likely these acquisitions will be transferred to the state as part of Chimney Rock State Park. Visit Chimney Rock >

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