Blue Ridge Conservancy wrapped up a series of land protection projects resulting in the conservation of over 1,000 contiguous acres on Three Top Mountain in Ashe County.

Three Top is part of the Amphibolite Mountain chain in Ashe and Watauga Counties and includes Howard's Knob, Elk Knob, Snake Mountain, Big Phoenix, Paddy Mountain, and Mount Jefferson.

In addition to protecting nine rare plant communities and six headwater streams, this conservation expands access to the 2,500-acre Three Top Mountain Game Land, known for a variety of recreational opportunities popular to hunters, hikers and birders.

Blue Ridge Conservancy will begin the process of transferring most of the land to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission over the next couple of years, which will incorporate and manage the land as part of Three Top Mountain Game Land. A new public access point is also being considered.

You can learn more about this project and how to help future conservation efforts online at