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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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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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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