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Duncan Ridge

Duncan Ridge

Approximate size: 7,119 acres
Old-growth known: 15 acres

Duncan Ridge is a major fork off of the main Blue Ridge. Suches and Cooper Creek, one of Georgia’s premier trout streams, lie in the angle between the two ridges. The Duncan Ridge Trail follows the spine of its namesake, offering winter views to the north of Blairsville and the opportunity to connect with the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye Trails to form a 55-mile backpacking loop (the “Georgia Loop”).

The real treasures, however, are off the ridge’s north slope. Here, unusually rich soils foster breathtaking and diverse forests of towering trees and abundant wildflowers. This area supports 160-feet-tall tulip poplars, the state champion Fraser magnolia, and many coves with rare yellowwood trees. Underneath these arboreal giants grow rare wildflowers such as spotted mandarin, and one short section of the ridge harbors 14 species of ferns.

The real treasures, however, are off the ridge’s north slope. Here, unusually rich soils foster breathtaking and diverse forests of towering trees and abundant wildflowers. This area supports 160-feet-tall tulip poplars, the state champion Fraser magnolia, and many coves with rare yellowwood trees. Underneath these arboreal giants grow rare wildflowers such as spotted mandarin, and one short section of the ridge harbors 14 species of ferns.

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

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