Rich Mountain Conservancy
PO Box 127, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization
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Macon Patton – President
Mike McShane – Vice-president
Johnny Warren – Secretary
Hank Birdsong – Treasurer
Lisa Bankoff – Board Member
Marshall McCallie – Board Member
Chuck McGrady – Board Member
Gus Napier – Board Member
William Scherer – Board Member
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A stroll up Rich Mountain


View from Connestee Development

View from Sherwood Forest Development

View from Deer Lake Development

This is the view of Rich Mountain from the South. A trail winds up the ridge on the right side of the picture.
A road leads to the top from Rich Mountain Road on the north side of the mountain. There is an old abandoned fire tower and cottage at the summit.
From the summit there are views in each direction. To the west there are clear views of Whitesides, Laurel Knob and Toxaway Mountains.
The view from the summit towards South Carolina and the continental divide.
Hogback mountain can be seen on the Eastern horizon.
To the northeast is the Etowah area.

One of the unique features of Rich Mountain is a set of large boulders in the middle of the property. There are four huge boulders ranging in height from thirty to seventy-five feet. Numerous smaller boulders are in the vicinity.

The boulders are home to the Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus). It is the only representative of the genus Aneides, or “Climbing Salamanders,” in the eastern United States, and is listed as endangered by the state of North Carolina.

One of the numerous springheads on the property. Rich Mountain is the top of the Little River watershed, one of the reasons that DuPont bought the property back in the fifties. They needed clean water for their x-ray film plant located in what is now the DuPont State Forest (The plant is no longer in existence).
The 1,500 TV tower (visible on the top middle of the photo) is not on the property. DuPont State Forest is just to the right of this photo. See Map