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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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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A five-foot diameter yellow buckeye flourishes in a boulderfield on Cold Mountain. Photo by Jess Riddle

Rich Mountain Wilderness Extension Rich Mountain Wilderness Extension Approximate size: 4,987 acres Old-growth known: 37 acres The steep slopes of Cold Mountain rise up outside the little mountain town of…

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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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Three Forks. Photo by Randall Pinson – forestlightphoto.com

Bearden Mountain Bearden Mountain Approximate size: 6,952 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs north from Springer Mountain and dives right through this Mountain Treasure. The trail…

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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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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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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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