Yes, there really is a McHargue Mountain! It is located in Iredell County, North Carolina. Those of you who live in the West will laugh, because at only 1533 feet it is really a summit, not like something in the Rockies. However, the official name according to the US Geological Survey is: "McHargue Mountain".

McHargue Mountain - Oct '09


We do not know how long the mountain has carried the McHargue name. Recorded references to it date back as far as 1789, and possible references prior to 1788 are being sought in Rowan County, from which Iredell County was formed.


We assume it was named for William McHargue, who owned several hundred acres on the east end of the mountain, as the early McHargues never owned the whole mountain. There are references to it as "Will McHargue’s Mountain", which you can read about in The McHargue Family History article by Glynis Patterson elsewhere on this website. 

 
McHargue Mountain is the fourth highest peak in Iredell County. It is topped by its sister summit to the west, Fox Mountain, which is 1740 feet. The area between the peaks is called "Love Valley" and is a popular venue for equestrian activities. These two peaks are part of the Brushy Mountain Range, a spur off the Blue Ridge Mountains, covering Alexander, Caldwell, Iredell, Yadkin, and Wilkes counties in North Carolina. The "Brushies" typically rise 300 to 800 feet above the surrounding countryside.


To visit the mountain, drive 14 miles north from Statesville, NC, on highway 115 and turn left at Brookhaven Road. Or just set the coordinates for your GPS to N 35.9893 and W -80.96563.

USGS Topo - Central