The Conservation Fund and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

County: Yancey | Acres: 2,700 | Hiking: Yes

In 2014, The Conservation Fund began assembling more than 2,700 acres adjacent to Mount Mitchell into the Cane River valley. The site provides a new, more accessible north end of the Black Mountain Crest Trail. One of the dozen peaks over 6,000 feet on this trail, Cattail Peak, is the fifth highest peak in the eastern U.S. at 6,583 feet and is currently the highest peak still in private ownership. In May of 2015, the Fund purchased this peak and the surrounding 1,300 acres to add to the conservation efforts in this area.