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Johns Mountain

Johns Mountain

Approximate size: 8,709 acres
Old-growth known: 0 acres

The north end of Johns Mountain lies at the recreational center of the Armuchee Ridges. The extensive Dry Creek horse trail complex makes an interconnected network of pathways on the western slope. The 1.8-mile-long Keown Falls loop trail starts at a delightful picnic area with a gurgling stream and rock-lined paths made by the Accelerated Public Works Program. The trail leads to twin waterfalls and connects with the 3.1-mile Johns Mountain loop trail. The latter trail can also be accessed from the Johns Mountain Overlook, which provides some of the best views in the region. The Pinhoti Trail ties all of these areas together as part of its trek from Alabama to Georgia’s high mountains. This area also lies adjacent to the Pocket Recreation Area with its campground, trail, and impressive spring.

Acidic soils derived from crystalline bedrock underlie almost the entire Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Some of the rare exceptions are the limestone that approaches the surface around Dry Creek, The Pocket, and the very north end of Johns Mountain. Where the Pinhoti Trail rounds the end of the mountain, carbonate bedrock, mature forest, and moist soils combine like nowhere else on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Uncommon trees like black walnut and slippery elm thrive in the canopy. Species normally found in floodplains, such as sugarberry and trumpet creeper, grow high on the slope, and rare wildflowers dot the forest floor. Even adjacent areas pick up unusual characteristics. Red hickories grow in a nearly pure stand in one area, and the abundance of dogwoods puts on a dazzling display for Pinhoti hikers each spring.

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