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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Black bears thrive in the area’s mature forests Photo by Lynn Satterfield – forestlightphoto.com

Anderson Creek Anderson Creek Approximate size: 5,833 acres Old-growth known: 387 acres Far removed from any town, this area sits just west of Springer Mountain. Standing in the middle of…

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