Bear's Paw

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This article is about a mountain in Western North Carolina. For the mountain range in Montana, see Bear Paw Mountains. For other uses, see Hanging Rock.
Not to be confused with Hanging Rock State Park.
Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock is located in North Carolina
Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock
Location in North Carolina
Elevation 5,203 ft (1,586 m)[1]
Prominence 1,080 ft (330 m)[2]
Location
Location Avery / Watauga counties, North Carolina, U.S.
Range Blue Ridge Mountains
Coordinates 36°09′13″N 81°49′27″W / 36.15361°N 81.82417°W / 36.15361; -81.82417Coordinates: 36°09′13″N 81°49′27″W / 36.15361°N 81.82417°W / 36.15361; -81.82417[1]
Topo map USGS Valle Crucis

Hanging Rock, also known as Bear's Paw (Yonah‑wayah in Cherokee),[3] is a mountain in the North Carolina High Country, next to the town of Seven Devils. It is along the Avery and Watauga border. Its elevation reaches 5,203 feet (1,586 m). The mountain generates feeder streams for the Elk and Watauga rivers.

In 2008, Bear Paw State Natural Area was established on the mountain by the North Carolina General Assembly.[3] The High Country Conservancy acquired the initial 350 acres (1.4 km2) for the state.[4] The natural area is located just north of Grandfather Mountain State Park, and it protects Hanging Rock Ridge and the headwaters of Dutch Creek. There are no public right of ways to the natural area's boundary. It is managed by Elk Knob State Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hanging Rock". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Hanging Rock". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Session Law 2008-155". Raleigh, North Carolina: General Assembly of North Carolina. 2003-06-19. Retrieved 2011-09-13. "[T]his site was known by the Cherokee as Yonah‑wayah, or Bear's Paw[.]" 
  4. ^ "Bear Paw and Yellow Mountain State Natural Areas Authorized". ncparks.gov. N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 

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