A Legendary Connection

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The Northern Peaks Trail Master Plan is funded by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, Ashe County, Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, West Jefferson Tourism Development Authority, Town of Boone, and High Country Pathways, Inc.

The Vision

The NPT will be a world-class hiking trail that traverses an ancient mountain chain while educating and connecting users to unforgettable landscapes entirely unique to this region.

Protect. Connect. Educate.

The Northern Peaks of the High Country are situated between the mountain communities of Boone and West Jefferson, dividing the vital New River and Watauga River watersheds. The region is home to nationally-significant biospheres boasting unparalleled ecological diversity; the protection of which is paramount.

The planning corridor for the trail is approximately 40 miles long, beginning in Boone and ending at Mount Jefferson in Ashe County.


Amphibolite Macro Site

The Amphibolite Mountains contains the largest concentration of amphibolite substrate in the WNC mountains. Amphibolite rock has a unique mineral composition producing unusually rich soils, giving rise to a high level of diversity in exotic flora & fauna.

Rare Species

Rare Plants

Rare Animals

Rare Plants

Rare Species

Rare Animals

Natural Heritage Areas

Natural heritage areas are chiefly important to conservation of the natural biodiversity of North Carolina.

Acres of Public Land

Protected lands in this area are either publicly owned, conservancy owned, or conserved by an easement.


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