REGIONAL: Public access coming to the peak of Dark Mountain

Published 12:37 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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In spring of 2018, Three Rivers Land Trust, then known as The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, purchased 70 acres in Montgomery County. These 70 acres are special, as the peak of Dark Mountain is on the property. Sitting at 940 feet in elevation, Dark Mountain is the highest peak in all of Montgomery County and features mature hardwoods and large rock outcrops.

When this property was purchased by TRLT, the intent was to eventually transfer it to the United States Forest Service. Now, almost four years later, it has finally happened. This site is central to
local folklore and several interesting features are located on this property as mentioned in Joe Moffitt’s book, “An Afternoon Hike into the Past, including Liquor Springs, Painted Rocks and Outlaw Cave.”

This transfer will be an addition to the Uwharrie National Forest, as the property adjoins a small portion of the Uwharrie Trail, helping protect the viewshed of the trail.

“Providing public access is a key component of our conservation mission,” TRLT Executive Director Travis Morehead said. “We are extremely proud to complete this project with the transfer of land to the U.S. Forest Service, which will provide the public with access to experience this special tract of land in Montgomery County.”

With so much history in the Uwharries, Three Rivers Land Trust has put forth efforts to protect and raise awareness about the region. One way that TRLT has worked to raise awareness and funding to protect the area is through the Three Rivers Land Trust Uwharrie Trail Thru Hike.

If you would like to learn more about Three Rivers Land Trust’s Uwharrie Trail Thru Hike, visit for more information.

In celebration of this transfer of land to the US Forest Service, Three Rivers Land Trust will host a Dark Mountain ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. March 25. If you would like to join the celebration, visit for more information and registration.

This project was made possible in part by funding from Fred and Alice Stanback, along with donations from Land Trust supporters.

To learn more about how to conserve your own lands or how you can support Three Rivers Land Trust in their conservation mission, contact Emily Callicutt, land protection specialist at Three Rivers Land Trust, by calling 704-647-0302 or by email at