Snake Mountain (North Carolina)

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Snake Mountain
Snake Mountain is located in North Carolina
Snake Mountain
Snake Mountain
Location in North Carolina
Elevation 5,564 ft (1,696 m)[1]
Prominence 2,240 ft (680 m)[2]
Location Watauga County, North Carolina, U.S.
Range Blue Ridge Mountains
Coordinates 36°19′52″N 81°42′27″W / 36.33111°N 81.70750°W / 36.33111; -81.70750Coordinates: 36°19′52″N 81°42′27″W / 36.33111°N 81.70750°W / 36.33111; -81.70750[1]
Topo map USGS Zionville

Snake Mountain is a mountain in the North Carolina High Country, east of the community of Zionville. Its elevation reaches 5,564 feet (1,696 m).

The mountain generates several feeder streams to the North Fork New River (via Maine Branch[3]), South Fork New River (via Meat Camp Creek[4]) and Watauga River (via Cove Creek[5]). Several ridges form from Snake Mountain, with the main being Snake Mountain Ridge,[6] which marks the border between North Carolina and Tennessee; also there is Sugartree Ridge[7] and Hessian Ridge,[8] which are smaller outcrops from Snake Mountain, to its west. Several gaps also surround the mountain: Elk Horn Gap,[9] Pottertown Gap,[10] Rich Mountain Gap[11] and State Line Gap.[12]

Historically, both the Old Buffalo Trail and Daniel Boone Trail converge at the foot of the mountain, at Zionville.[13]