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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Middle Fork Broad River Middle Fork Broad River Approximate size: 4,423 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Europeans first began settling the area between Toccoa and Cornelia in the 1780s. Mount…

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Hikers enjoy the Panther Creek Trail. Photo by Jess Riddle

Panther Creek Panther Creek Approximate size: 13,036 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres North of Toccoa, Georgia, where the mountains meet the Piedmont, Panther Creek and its tributaries have carved rugged…

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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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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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Andrews Creek flows along the foot of Rocky Mountain. Photo by Larry Winslett – www.larrywinslettphotography.com.

Andrews Cove Andrews Cove Approximate size: 4,883 acres Old-growth known: 746 acres Georgia Highway 17/75 runs north from Helen along the west side of the Andrews Cove Mountain Treasure making…

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