A woodthrush tends to its young. Being able to harmonize with itself gives the song of this forest interior species an enchanting, flute-like quality Photo by Randall Pinson – forestlightphoto.com

Tray Mountain Wilderness Extensions Tray Mountain Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 2,699 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres When the RARE II roadless assessment was completed in 1979, the Tray Mountain Roadless…

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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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Low Gap Creek rushes through wild terrain. Photo by Jess Riddle

Mark Trail Wilderness Extensions Mark Trail Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 4,828 acres Old-growth known: 18 acres Designated in 1991, Mark Trail and Blood Mountain are the two newest Wilderness areas…

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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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Photo by Larry Winslett – www.larrywinslettphotography.com

High Shoals High Shoals Approximate size: 4,906 acres Old-growth known: 411 acres High Shoals spreads across the remote and rugged north side of Tray Mountain, Georgia’s seventh highest peak. Roughly…

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Photo by Sue Harmon

Buzzard Knob Buzzard Knob Approximate size: 9,789 acres Old-growth known: 250 acres The high ridge that the Appalachian Trail follows provides the best chance for Georgia’s mountain species to migrate…

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Turk’s-cap lilies are common in high elevation deciduous forests, such as those found on Brasstown Bald. Photo by Randy Lewis

Brasstown Wilderness Extensions Brasstown Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 5,056 acres Old-growth known: 187 acres The tower on top of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak, is probably the best landmark in…

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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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A red maple transforms in the fall. The tallest known red maple in Georgia once grew in the northern extension. Photo by Larry Winslett – www.larrywinslettphotography.com

Raven Cliff Wilderness Extensions Raven Cliff Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 7,340 acres Old-growth known: 103 acres First set aside in 1986, the Raven Cliff Wilderness Area encompasses 6.8 miles of…

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