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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A large population of federally-endangered relict trillium was recently discovered on the Oconee National forest. Photo by Jess Riddle

Oconee Mafic Communities Oconee Mafic Communities Approximate size: 7,404 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Felsic rocks high in silicon, such as granite-gneiss, dominate the geology of the Oconee National Forest…

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A rider on the popular Willis Knob trail system pauses at the Chattooga River. Photo by Kathy Keller

Big Shoals Big Shoals Approximate size (acres): GA 6,069; SC 2,896 Old-growth known (acres): GA 46; SC 36 Big Shoals is an island of mountains. The Chattooga River, West Fork…

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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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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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Cohutta Wilderness Extensions Cohutta Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 5,402 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres The Cohutta Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in the Southern Appalachians (37,030 acres), and was…

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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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