Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve

Our executive director's favorite property!

Yancey County, NC
Year Acquired
Trail Map
Coming soon

Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve

This lovely property is our executive director’s favorite! It is permanently protected and is available for public recreational use for hiking, bouldering, and bird watching. Located north of Asheville, North Carolina, Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve was the first property donated to SE Trust outside of the state of Georgia. The property shares a border with Pisgah National Forest and is very close to the Appalachian Trail and Wolf Laurel Ski Area. 

Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve

Acquired: 2013

Location: Yancey County, NC

Acres: 750

Conserved: Yes

Recreation Status: 2021 Active with ongoing Plan and Build

Current Recreation: Birding, Bouldering, Hiking

Planned Recreation: Disc Golf, Mountain Biking

Environmental Stewardship Focus: Bears, Birds, Pollinators



Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve is 750 acres of beautiful nature land located about 25 miles due north of Asheville NC up against the Tennessee state line and the Appalachian Trail. It is perpetually conserved to remain natural and to have no cost public recreation.


In 2020 STPAL invested over $17,000 as a phase 1 the trail system restoration process. The restoration is for the purposes of improving public hiking use and for stream protection. The restored trails total about 4 miles. There is about another 4 miles to be restored in 2021. Ultimately additional trails will be built that are optimized for mountain bike usage.

In partnership with the Carolina Climbers Coalition a 3 phase project has begun to facilitate bouldering and other climbing activities. To date there have been 6 distinct bouldering areas inventoried with each having at least 50 problems (routes). The boulders are particularly well suited based on their locations, sizes, variety, and mineral composition. Upon completion of the 3 phases this site will likely become a regionally significant climbing resource.

In partnership with the Audubon Society, the USDA, and NC Forestry a project has begun to establish a habitat zone for migratory birds with a specific focus on the threatened Golden Wing Warbler. This project will be completed in 2022.


In 2020 the Friends of Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve was successfully launched. This group will provide support for STPAL’s mission related activities at the preserve. The site has hosted visitors and volunteers from local schools, community groups, and conservation organizations. 

Please email if you are interested in joining the Friends of Bald Mtn Creek Nature Preserve or to otherwise support the property’s environmental stewardship and recreation projects.

Facebook page: Bald Mtn Creek Nature Preserve

Donate to this project: Donate to BMCNP


2 comments to Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve

  1. Meredith Childress
    September 2, 2021

    Is this preserve open to the public? I see that trail maps are not yet available. Thank you.

    • Bill Jones
      September 2, 2021


      The trails are open to the public. There is one set that runs north starting near the Buck House Inn and another set at the new parking area at the switchback on Sconce Creek Road. You have to go through the wolf laurel gates to access the trails behind the Buck House Inn. We hope to have a public use parking area that doesn’t involve the gates but haven’t creatd it yet. You can email and i’ll send you the maps that i have. Bill