Blackrock Mountain

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Milepost: 451-452 | County: Jackson | Acres: 31 | Hiking: Available through SAHC’s guided hikes program

Two protected properties expand a network of conserved land that includes The Nature Conservancy’s Plott Balsam Preserve and the town of Sylva’s Pinnacle Park, protected by Mainspring Conservation Trust. The stunning Blackrock Mountain reaches 5,700 feet and is prominent in the foreground from the Plott Balsam Overlook and while traveling south from Waterrock Knob. The area boasts many seeps and high-elevation spruce-fir forests that provide prime habitat for the northern flying squirrel. Two headwater tributaries originate on the property and flow into Blackrock Creek, which empties into Soco Creek. It lies within the Yellow Face/Blackrock Mountain Natural Area as designated by the NC Natural Heritage Program.

“As part of our outreach program, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy leads guided hikes throughout the year to connect people with nature. Our hike to the rugged spruce-fir forest of Blackrock Mountain offers a unique appreciation for the Plott Balsam Mountains.”

— Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Executive Director Carl Silverstein