Buzzard Knob

Buzzard Knob

Approximate size: 9,789 acres
Old-growth known: 250 acres

The high ridge that the Appalachian Trail follows provides the best chance for Georgia’s mountain species to migrate in response to climate change. But they will have that opportunity only if the ridge continues to support high quality habitat. A few Wilderness areas protect the
ridge in Georgia, but they don’t connect to the Nantahala Mountains in North Carolina. The Buzzard Roost and Kelly Ridge Mountain Treasures provide that vital link. The Buzzard Roost area is also unusual in providing an unbroken connection between a major mountain river, the Tallulah, and a high ridge line.

This Mountain Treasure contains a great diversity of habitats from rich cove forests to sun-baked rock outcrops to clear trout streams. These habitats are in good condition because this area has seen no logging or other human development in recent decades. Two large tracts of old-growth chestnut oak forest are nearly pristine. Even generally ubiquitous human intrusions are minimal because this area is isolated from towns and industrial developments.

People mainly interact with this area by hiking on the over five miles of Appalachian Trail that pass through it or by fishing the Tallulah River on the eastern border. Aside from the protected Appalachian Trail corridor, the current forest plan designates this area for mid to late-successional forest emphasis.

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


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