New Parks for a New Century  »  Beech Creek Bog State Natural Area

This 120-acre natural area in northwest Watauga County is considered nationally significant and represents the first example of a southern Appalachian bog in the parks system. The Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust helped arrange its purchase.

Unlike northern bogs of glacial origin, southern Appalachian bogs form in poorly drained depressions or on gentle slopes. Beech Creek Bog is noteworthy because both the bog itself and the surrounding watershed show very little disturbance and contain natural communities of excellent quality. The bog supports a large population of the rare bog clubmiss (Lycopodiella inundata), as well as other unusual species.