Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain

Approximate size: 4,618 acres
Old-growth known: 93 acres

Rocky Mountain sits between Ellijay and Blue Ridge and forms the backdrop to pastoral valleys in Cherry Log and Snake Nation. The Rocky Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area covers almost all of the Mountain Treasure. The compact form of this roadless area gives it a high ratio of core interior habitat to edge, which is important for forest interior species.

Both hikers and mountain bikers cherish this area. Five miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail pass right through the heart of it. Along the way, the Benton MacKaye ties into the Aska Trail system, which provides good access to the eastern part of the area. The pretty little cascade on Falls Branch is another highlight of this section of trail.

While many Southern Appalachian coves put on a wildflower show in the spring, the forests of this area hit their scenic peak in the summer. Acres of continuous fern cover create beautiful scenes in the north-facing hardwood coves. Other coves have an exceptional abundance of oxeye sunflower that transforms them from green to gold. Earlier in the year, pink lady--slippers add occasional splashes of color to the drier forests.

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


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