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Andrews Cove

Andrews Cove

Approximate size: 4,883 acres
Old-growth known: 746 acres

Georgia Highway 17/75 runs north from Helen along the west side of the Andrews Cove Mountain Treasure making this one of the most easily accessed Mountain Treasures areas. The Civilian Conservation Core built a campground on the western edge at the base of Andrews Cove, and it
serves as an excellent base for exploring the area. An impressive wildflower display of little sweet Betsy trillium and violets fills the campground each spring, and the clear trout waters of Andrews Creek flow right through it.

The Appalachian Trail (AT) and Andrews Cove Trail provide access to the heart of the area. The AT climbs steeply to pass over the Treasure’s high point, Rocky Mountain (4,020 feet). Rock outcrops near the mountain’s summit overlook the Treasure and afford good views of Mount Yonah 11 miles to the south. The AT also combines with the Rocky Mountain Trail to form a loop and pleasant day hike. The Andrews Cove Trail provides more solitude as it follows a great, rocky rift through the mountains to the AT. From there, a hiker looking for some exercise can take the AT out of the Mountain Treasure and up to Tray Mountain, Georgia’s eighth highest peak. With roughly 2,400 feet of elevation gain, this route has the fourth greatest climb of any single hike in Georgia.

Between the trails and on adjacent slopes lies one of the greatest concentrations of old-growth left in north Georgia. A 652-acre mixed-oak forest provides one of the best glimpses of what Georgia used to look like. Out of that forest flow Andrews Creek and the headwaters of the Hiawassee River.

Help us protect this 16,000-acre oasis of waterfalls, old-growth, rare species, panoramic views, and world-class trails.

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