Summits Society

Join Our Summits Society

Individuals who are members of this special society are our most generous supporters, giving $1,000 or more annually in support of our mission. These are conservation champions and their investment has a lasting impact on the conservation future of our mountains, foothills, rivers and farms. Learn more about our Summits Society.

Summits Society Donors Receive:

  • Satisfaction of saving more of the places you love
  • An invitation to an exclusive, Society members-only gala held each spring
  • Special recognition in our annual report
  • Recognition in our special conservation champions book


  • Worlds Edge Society $10,000 & Up
  • Bearwallow Mountain $5,000 – $9,999
  • Sassafras Mountain $3,000 – $4,999
  • Little Pisgah Mountain $2,000 – $2,999
  • Jump Off Rock $1,000 – $1,999

Choose your Summit by making a gift or pledge today!

Worlds Edge Society: $10,000 & Up

Saving 1,586 acres along the Blue Ridge Escarpment from imminent development remains one of CMLC’s finest endeavors at protecting our region’s natural lands on a truly significant scale. Join our Society at the highest level and help us pursue other significant projects like Worlds Edge.

Bearwallow Mountain: $5,000 – $9,999

Bearwallow once served our region by providing forest fire protection from the lookout tower atop its summit. As one of Henderson County’s most iconic peaks, it has become a favorite hiking destination. Working with Conserving Carolina, the landowners have conserved over 480 acres on the mountain in addition to allowing for a public access trail to this special peak.

Hike to the top of Bearwallow to have your breath taken away – and to be inspired to help us ensure that this mountain and others like it will continue to do so time and time again.

Sassafras Mountain: $3,000 – $4,999

Shared by two states, the summit of Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in South Carolina and attracts visitors from near and far. Rising from the Blue Ridge, it looms high above Transylvania County’s soon to be Headwaters State Forest. At more than 8,000 acres, this tract on Sassafras’s northern slopes is the largest remaining privately-owned parcel in western NC and is the missing link that will connect nearly one million acres of publicly accessible protected lands. To date, 6,245 acres have been protected. Harboring one of the four forks of the French Broad River, it is filled with splendid waterfalls, wild and remote forests, and a nine-mile segment of the venerable Foothills Trail.

A project of this magnitude and importance can’t be forever protected without your help.

Little Pisgah Mountain: $2,000 – $2,999

Opposite Bearwallow Mountain, Little Pisgah is one of the two pillars forming the steep walls of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. Occupying its south slopes is the 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve filled with old growth forest, pristine mountain streams, and scenic rock outcroppings. Florence Nature Preserve was donated by the Florence family, who so cherished its many hollows and ridges. Its five-mile hiking trail network is open to the community so that visitors can experience its natural wonders for themselves. The Florence family left a legacy to Conserving Carolina for the benefit of generations to come, and now so can you.

Jump Off Rock: $1,000 – $1,999

While legend tells of a Native American maiden leaping from the rock in sorrow, only joy and exhilaration are experienced by visitors to Jump Off Rock today. From Jump Off Rock, you can see much of Conserving Carolina’s land conservation service area—including the French Broad River watershed, DuPont State Forest, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Take the leap and join our society to ensure that the beauty seen from JumpOff Rock today will still be there tomorrow… for our children and our children’s children.