Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge

Lake Lure ~ Chimney Rock ~ Bat Cave ~ Gerton

In the mountains of western North Carolina there is an area of splendid

natural beauty which sets it apart even from the majesty of

the surrounding Appalachians.


The ‘Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge’ advocate for the natural beauty, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, along with the ecological health and integrity of Hickory Nut Gorge.


Our vision is to create a shared and protected ecology where wildlife & pristine natural elements thrive, residents help to create a mutually beneficial environment, and visitors leave this area with a sense of respect and awe for the delicate balance of humanity & nature .


~ About FHNG ~

We are a 501[c]3 non-profit organization made up of local businesses, landowners, and individuals who are passionate about advocating the natural integrity of Hickory Nut Gorge. Our group works to preserve the natural beauty, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, along with the ecological health and enduring legacy of this special area.

Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge is an independent, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status

registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Our tax ID number & financial information is available upon request.

All gifts are tax-deductible to extent allowable by law. 

~Read about the formation & achievents of the Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge in this Informative Piece~

~ 2017 Board Members ~


Diana Richards Ph.D., Psychologist


Robert Wald M.D., Psychiatry

Board Members

Jim Proctor, Education & Culture Advisor 

Debbie Shetterly, Environmental Consultant 

Sara Jackson, Website & Newsletter

Martin Thaller, Fine Furniture Maker


Many folks know the popular destination of Lake Lure, and the stunning views of Chimney Rock Village & State Park, but what lies under the breathtaking beauty is a rich natural history produced by unusual geologic phenomena, and the ancient actions of the Broad River itself.

There are so many places of natural beauty in the Hickory Nut Gorge. These special areas include North Carolina State Parks, Nature Preserves, & Private Lands. Please enjoy them in safety & respect the rules and regulations put there to protect everyone.

Check out the Hickory Nut Gorge Trail Guide for a complete guide to the ever expanding

nature trails in our beautiful Gorge!

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Pinnical View
Bat Cave Waterfall
Bearwallow Mountain
Lake Lure
Plant Community
Hickory Nut Falls in winter
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Chimney Rock
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There are so many ways to help the Hickory Nut Gorge!

By donating to FHNG or joining our group, you can support and participate in the ongoing works of the Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge. We aim to educate residents to support environmentally friendly legislature that keeps our gorge undeveloped, and that supports state parks!

You can also do your part by learning about & fighting invasive plants both at home & with our group during organized work days!

You can securely donate or join our group using these buttons (no PayPal account required)! If you wish to become a member, please fill out the form below so we know how to reach you!

However you decide to help, thank you for supporting our efforts to preserve and protect the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge!