Humpback Mountain (North Carolina)

Coordinates: 35°56′40″N 81°57′42″W / 35.94444°N 81.96167°W / 35.94444; -81.96167
Humpback Mountain
Humpback Mountain is located in North Carolina
Humpback Mountain
Humpback Mountain
Location in North Carolina
Highest point
Elevation4,245 ft (1,294 m)[1]
Coordinates35°56′40″N 81°57′42″W / 35.94444°N 81.96167°W / 35.94444; -81.96167[1]
LocationAvery County, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeBlue Ridge Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Linville Falls

Humpback Mountain is a mountain in the North Carolina High Country and the Pisgah National Forest, located southwest of Linville Falls. The mountain is accessible along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which ride along its eastern slope. The peak reaches an elevation of 4,245 feet (1,294 m), in Avery County; while the overall mountain is also in McDowell County. Two ridges, Mill Ridge and Dividing Ridge, form from the western side of the mountain.

Split by the Eastern Continental Divide, the mountain generates feeder streams to the North Fork Catawba River on its eastern slopes and to the North Toe River on its western slopes.

Land conservancy[edit]

On December 5, 2013, the Conservation Trust of North Carolina purchased 523 acres (2.12 km2) along the Blue Ridge Parkway for $2.5 million, most of which is on Humpback Mountain. The property will eventually be transferred over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to own and manage.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Humpback Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Gilman, Samantha (December 5, 2013). "Conservation group buys land along Blue Ridge Parkway". Raleigh, NC: The News & Observer. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.