An old American chestnut branch persists on the slopes near Springer Mountain. Photo by Jess Riddle

Springer Mountain Springer Mountain Approximate size: 12,659 acres Old-growth known: 712 acres This area is best known for Springer Mountain and the start of America’s most iconic trail, the Appalachian…

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Yellow passionflower climbs up vegetation next to the Appalachian Trail. Photo by Jess Riddle

Etowah River Headwaters Etowah River Headwaters Approximate size: 5,702 acres Old-growth known: 547 acres One of the largest remaining tracts of old-growth forest in Georgia stretches along the northwestern rim…

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New York fern and turkey tail fungus are common in this Mountain Treasure. Photo by Diane Kirkland

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…

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Mountaintown Creek rushes through its gorge. Photo by Jess Riddle

Mountaintown Mountaintown Approximate size: 17,163 acres Old-growth known: 323 acres After the Conasauga River, Mountaintown Creek has the largest unroaded watershed in north Georgia. The stream begins on the crest…

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Mountain bikers enjoy the Pinhoti Trail. Photo by Conrad Fernandez

Rocky Face Rocky Face Approximate size: 6,533 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres The eastern edge of this Mountain Treasure forms part of the green backdrop to I-75 as it enters…

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Dogwoods bloom along the Pinhoti Trail. Photo by Jess Riddle

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…

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