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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Photo by Jess Riddle

Three Forks Three Forks Approximate size (acres): GA 5,426; NC 3,776 Old-growth known (acres): GA 213; NC 232 This area lies in the heart of the wild lands between Clayton…

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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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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 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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A rare Diana fritillary pollinates mountain mint in the Patterson Gap Mountain Treasure. Photo by Jess Riddle

Patterson Gap Patterson Gap Approximate size: 5,681 acres Old-growth known: 647 acres Patterson Gap is a microcosm of north Georgia. The area has plateaus and cliffs, wildflower coves and rock…

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Kelly Ridge includes several unnamed cascades in scenic settings. Photo by David Fann

Kelly Ridge Kelly Ridge Approximate size: 15,273 acres Old-growth known: 662 acres Kelly Ridge has everything people love about the mountains. This area offers visitors grand vistas, wildflower coves, dramatic…

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