Saddle Mountain

Piedmont Land Conservancy and Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Milepost: 222 | County: Alleghany | Acres: 623 | Hiking: Yes, on Stanback Trail

Saddle Mountain, with its distinctive saddle shape as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway, overlooks a vast expanse of Piedmont rolling hills.  Here the Mitchell River is just a trickle flowing through miles of lush forest stretching along steep slopes that protect water quality downstream and provide food and shelter for migratory songbirds, black bears and other wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to hike the Saddle Mountain Stanback Trail, but be aware during hunting season that the area is part of the Mitchell River Game Lands, available to the public for hunting.

Directions to the Saddle Mountain Trailhead: From the intersection of US Hwy 21 and the Blue Ridge Parkway travel the Blue Ridge Parkway 7.75 mi. north and turn right onto Saddle Mountain Church Road (SR 1461) near Parkway milepost 221.8. Travel approximately 200 feet and turn right onto Mountain Lake Road (SR 1481). Travel approximately 300 feet and turn left onto the access road. Proceed 0.5 mile to the parking area.

“Saddle Mountain is an excellent example of how persistence pays off. This area has been a focus for Piedmont Land Conservancy, Conservation Trust for North Carolina and several agencies for nearly twenty years. As a result we’ve protected beautiful views of this iconic mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway and made the lands available to the public.”

– Piedmont Land Conservancy Executive Director Kevin Redding