Backbone Ridge

The Conservation Fund

Milepost: 300 | County: Caldwell | Acres: 750 | Hiking: Hiking trails will be open to the public soon

The property lies within a region identified as one of the nation’s most threatened for adjacent commercial and residential development. It contains old growth forest, rare plant and animal species, recreational trails, and waterfalls. Protection of the property will help create a system of trails that will make use of the historic Old Johns River Road and Racket Creek Road wagon train routes while also establishing new trails linking nearby portions of Pisgah National Forest, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Wilson Creek Wilderness Area, Moses Cone Park, Julian Price Park, and Grandfather Mountain State Park. About 450 acres will become a new state forest and the remaining 300 acres will become part of Pisgah National Forest.