Foothills Conservancy is dedicated to working together with you to preserve and protect the places we all love across the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills, including watersheds, environmentally significant habitats, forests and farm lands for this and future generations. We achieve this by acquiring land or entering into conservation easements. After a property is acquired, we may choose to hold it and expand one of our preserves or donate it to one of the many agencies that we partner with (NC State Parks, NC Wildlife Resource Commission etc.).
The places you love in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills have a past.
Ancient mountains, rivers and streams, and the diverse and rare ecosystems they shelter, surround us.
Supported by people like you, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina strives to ensure these special places have a future.
A nationally accredited, non-profit regional land trust, we serve North Carolina’s eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills.
People from near and far are drawn to our region by iconic places like the Linville Gorge and Lake James, the South Mountains, Catawba Falls, Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge, the Blue Ridge Parkway and National Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek.
Fertile farms and forests produce food and fiber, and the headwaters of three major rivers — the Yadkin, Catawba and Broad – supply the needs of millions of Carolinians.
Since our founding in 1995, Foothills Conservancy has permanently protected more than 46,000 acres – more than 70 square miles!
Most of these lands are now yours to enjoy at three large state parks – South Mountains, Lake James and Chimney Rock; multiple state wildlife lands, including the Wilson Creek, South Mountains and Johns River Game Lands; and Pisgah National Forest below Linville Gorge and Catawba Falls.
Increasingly, we are working with private landowners to achieve permanent conservation for our region’s farms and productive forests with conservation agreements that often carry attractive conservation tax benefits.
In addition, we own and manage several Foothills Conservancy “preserves”, most notably, our Catawba Headwaters Preserve near Old Fort.
Please join us as we practice community-based conservation and protect even more of the beloved natural, historic and cultural heritage of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills for this and future generations.