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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A hiker takes in the solitude on the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River Photo by Jess Riddle

Chattahoochee Headwaters Chattahoochee Headwaters Approximate size: 1,765 acres Old-growth known: 0 acres Before it provides an essential of life for millions of people, before it waters fields, before it carries…

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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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Michaux’s saxifrage grows in a cushion of moss on a rock outcrop south of Blood Mountain. Photo by Jess Riddle

Blood Mountain Wilderness Extensions Blood Mountain Wilderness Extensions Approximate size: 2,955 acres Old-growth known: 461 acres Congress designated the Blood Mountain Wilderness Area in 1991 to protect the area around…

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The Blackwell Creek area provides a rare development-free vista. Photo by Jess Riddle

Blackwell Creek Blackwell Creek Approximate size: 5,183 acres Old-growth known: 18 acres This area lies southwest of Suches and occupies part of the same plateau. The clear streams in this…

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A hiker pauses to enjoy the scenery on Black Mountain. Photo by Jess Riddle

Black Mountain Black Mountain Approximate size: 5,368 acres Old-growth known: 177 acres Any spring, summer, or fall weekend, the parking lot at Woody Gap on the eastern edge of this…

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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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Spotted mandarin is one of the rare wildflowers that grows along the north side of Duncan Ridge. Photo by Bruce Roberts

Duncan Ridge Duncan Ridge Approximate size: 7,119 acres Old-growth known: 15 acres Duncan Ridge is a major fork off of the main Blue Ridge. Suches and Cooper Creek, one of…

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