Big Yellow Mountain
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Arthur told us about the rich history of Yellow
Mountain. The Overland Mountain trail passes over the top
near the Appalachian Trail. The Overland
Mountain Trail was used by colonists that gathered to
fight the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain. This famous
battle of October 7th, 1780 defeated the British and sent
the away from the Southeast for the remainder of the Revolutionary
We heard about a British Loyalist from the Revolutionary War
Period that had a travelers inn here. He and his wife were
ran out of the nearest town because of their unpopular loyalties.
Travelers that stayed here were often "relieved"
of their valuables while they were asleep. Eventually an Iroquois
Indian hunting party from the Northeast raided and burned
this inn and all of its buildings. Legend has it that the
scoundrel innkeeper and his wife got away.
At 5540 feet in elevation the air is cool, even
on the warmest days. From the top of Yellow
Mountain Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the east, is
clearly visible. To the north the profile of Grandfather Mountain,
the highest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is in plain view
as well. The hand hewn bench at the crest of the mountain
is in a perfect position to view all of the surrounding balds.
A perfect place for meditation and a picnic lunch. After the
steep climb to the top, you will have earned the picnic lunch!
The Nature Conservancy offers field trips to
the preserve, contact them for more information:
Mountains District Coordinator
PO Box 397
Saluda, NC 29773
Visit their site: Yellow
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Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy