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Propst Mountain
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Propst Mountain

 
Propst Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: North Carolina, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.62830°N / 81.74103°W

Object Title: Propst Mountain

County: Burke

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 2964 ft / 903 m

 

Page By: BobSmith

Created/Edited: Dec 26, 2011 / Dec 26, 2011

Object ID: 767616

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Overview

Propst Mountain is located in the new addition to the South Mountains State Park. This new section of the park includes the highest peaks in the South Mountains and thus a number of the summits here replace Benn Knob as the park's highest. Propst Mountain looms above the Broughton Hospital Reservoir and is one of the companion peaks to Buzzards Roost, the highest in the South Mountains.
Propst Mountain
Panorama of Propst Mountain sloping down to the reservoir.

When approached from the area of the reservoir, access is via a tough bushwhack up very steep slopes. You can plan on an elevation gain of about 1500 feet when you begin your hike at the reservoir. There are easier ways to attain the summit, but you'd have to drive in via one of the old gravel roads and park your vehicle at the state park border.

The summit of Propst Mountain was interesting because so many of the trees have been heavily damaged by ice storms. The trees are still standing, but most of their limbs have been stripped off. This has left the forest canopy uncharacteristically open, allowing in ample sunlight which creates quite a lot of undergrowth where there should normally not be so much. While this does create a lot of welcome browse for the vast herds of white-tailed deer around the park (and the wild turkey), it makes for some difficult bushwhacking.

While Propst Mountain is definitely taller than the old champ of the park, Benn Knob, it's probably only the third highest in the park, these days. Hickory Knob may be a few feet taller, but I haven't been there to take a GPS read, so I can't say for sure.

Propst on the Far Right
From below the dam.

Getting There

From NC 64 take Jenkins Road. Drive down Jenkins Road for .3 miles to Branstrom Orchard Street. See State Park lot on left and pull into parking area. Don't drive any farther, or find yourself on posted private property.

From the parking area, hike up the dam then see trail/road on the far left of the dam. Hike around lake and bear steadily right until you reach the slopes of the South Mountains. Soon leave the trace of the old logging road and from then on look to your map and compass for bearings to the summit of Buzzard Roost.

Big Ol  Rocks
Boulders and cliffs.

Red Tape

None. Free admission. No fires.

Down Through the Cove Hardwoods
Cove hardwood forests.

Camping

Plenty of back country camping at sites within the park. See the South Mountains State Park website for details.

Part of an old Foundation/Wall
Signs of former habitation.

External Links

Official South Mountains State Park website.

Ice Storm Damage
Ice damage.

Images

From Buzzard\'s RoostBig Ol\' RocksThrough the Ice Damaged TreesDown Through the Cove HardwoodsPropst MountainSummit area.Part of an old Foundation/Wall
Ice Storm DamagePropst on the Far Right