Oconee Bottomlands and Slopes Oconee Bottomlands and Slopes Approximate size: 13,473 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Fields, roads, and other man-made features fragment the forests of Georgia’s Piedmont, and even…

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Middle Fork Broad River Middle Fork Broad River Approximate size: 4,423 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Europeans first began settling the area between Toccoa and Cornelia in the 1780s. Mount…

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Rue anemone is one of the most common spring wildflowers in the region, including along the Chattooga. Photo by Randy Lewis

Thrifts Ferry Thrifts Ferry Approximate size (acres): GA 7,466; SC 5,471 Old-growth known (acres): GA 17; SC 29 Thrifts Ferry is unusual among Mountain Treasures areas in its relatively gentle…

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Rock Gorge Photo by Butch Clay

Rock Gorge Rock Gorge Approximate size (acres): GA 3,877; SC 6,802 Old-growth known (acres): GA 516; SC 425 Bordered by other Mountain Treasures, this section of the Chattooga River is…

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On top of Rabun Bald, an adult locust borer eats goldenrod pollen Photo by Jess Riddle

Rabun Bald Rabun Bald Approximate size: 17,694 acres Old-growth known: 1,270 acres Rabun Bald, Georgia’s second highest peak, sits at the western end of the Blue Ridge Escarpment and on…

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“Five Falls” refers to rapids on the Chattooga River, but tributary streams in the area also contain impressive cascades. Photo by Jess Riddle

Five Falls Five Falls Approximate size (acres): GA 7,615; SC 4,041 Old-growth known (acres): GA 62; SC 5 The last free flowing section of the Chattooga River before it hits…

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An unnamed falls splashes through the Grassy Ridge extension. Photo by Bruce Roberts.

Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions Approximate size (acres): GA 7,894; NC 14,811 Old-growth known (acres): GA 558; NC 1,523 Georgia shares the 23,365-acre Southern Nantahala Wilderness with…

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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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Pink lady’s slippers bloom in mass on Duncan Ridge. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Licklog Mountain Licklog Mountain Approximate size: 11,763 acres Old-growth known: 26 acres Adventure racers and endurance enthusiasts have fallen in love with the western half of Duncan Ridge. From near…

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