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Oconee Bottomlands and Slopes

Oconee Bottomlands and Slopes Oconee Bottomlands and Slopes Approximate size: 13,473 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Fields, roads, and other man-made features fragment the forests of Georgia’s Piedmont, and even…

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Middle Fork Broad River

Middle Fork Broad River Middle Fork Broad River Approximate size: 4,423 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Europeans first began settling the area between Toccoa and Cornelia in the 1780s. Mount…

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Thrifts Ferry

Thrifts Ferry Thrifts Ferry Approximate size (acres): GA 7,466; SC 5,471 Old-growth known (acres): GA 17; SC 29 Thrifts Ferry is unusual among Mountain Treasures areas in its relatively gentle…

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Rock Gorge

Rock Gorge Rock Gorge Approximate size (acres): GA 3,877; SC 6,802 Old-growth known (acres): GA 516; SC 425 Bordered by other Mountain Treasures, this section of the Chattooga River is…

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Rabun Bald

Rabun Bald Rabun Bald Approximate size: 17,694 acres Old-growth known: 1,270 acres Rabun Bald, Georgia’s second highest peak, sits at the western end of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and on…

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Five Falls

Five Falls Five Falls Approximate size (acres): GA 7,615; SC 4,041 Old-growth known (acres): GA 62; SC 5 The last free flowing section of the Chattooga River before it hits…

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Ellicott Rock Wilderness Extension

Ellicott Rock Wilderness Extension Ellicott Rock Wilderness Extension Approximate size (acres): GA 3,945; NC 827; SC 1,932 Old-growth known (acres): GA 14; NC 0; SC 276 Unique among United States…

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Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions

Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions Approximate size (acres): GA 7,894; NC 14,811 Old-growth known (acres): GA 558; NC 1,523 Georgia shares the 23,365-acre Southern Nantahala Wilderness with…

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Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain Springer Mountain Approximate size: 12,659 acres Old-growth known: 712 acres This area is best known for Springer Mountain and the start of America’s most iconic trail, the Appalachian…

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Licklog Mountain

Licklog Mountain Licklog Mountain Approximate size: 11,763 acres Old-growth known: 26 acres Adventure racers and endurance enthusiasts have fallen in love with the western half of Duncan Ridge. From near…

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