North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
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Nantahala Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Ash Cove, Cheoah Bald, Tusquitee Bald, Boteler Peak, Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions, Tellico Bald, Wesser Bald, Piercy Mountain Range, Siler Bald, Alarka Laurel
Steeped in history, lavish in its wildlife and scenic beauty, the Nantahala Mountains Conservation Area is a priority for permanent protection. Its unprotected wildlands top […]

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Black Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Craggy Mountains (Big Ivy), Black Mountains, Jarrett Creek, Mackey Mountain

Even in the Southern Appalachians, generally regarded as the nation’s most biologically significant region, the Black Mountains Conservation Area of western North Carolina stands out as exceptional.
As we define the conservation area, it includes the Black Mountains themselves, […]

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Bald Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservations Areas: Bald Mountains, Bluff Mountain, Pigeon River Gorge

Bald Mountains is the name of both an individual Mountain Treasure and of the larger conservation area it anchors. Both the conservation area and the Mountain Treasure lie on both sides of the ridge that separates Tennessee and North Carolina. This […]

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Highlands of Roan / Unaka Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Nolichucky Gorge, Highlands of Roan

Like so many other special places in the Southern Appalachians, the Highlands of Roan/Unaka Mountains Conservation Area is astonishingly rich in biological values, partly because it is so varied in its geology and topography. And it offers a wealth of recreational opportunities, from […]

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Blue Ridge Escarpment Conservation Area

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Conservations Areas: Fishhawk Mountain, Overflow Creek (Blue Valley), Terrapin Mountain, Panthertown Valley
Standing at the intersection of three states–North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia–is the massive cliff line of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Along this precipitous east-facing slope, the Blue Ridge Mountains drop off thousands of feet into the rolling […]

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Balsam Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Middle Prong Extension, Shining Rock Wilderness Extension, South Mills River, Laurel Mountain, Daniel Ridge, Cedar Rock Mountain

The Balsam Mountain Conservation Area in the Pisgah National Forest comprises a very long ridge that curves from a bit southwest of Asheville, NC, to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park […]

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Linville/Grandfather Mountain Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Dobson Knob, Linville Gorge Extensions, Upper Wilson Creek: Lost Cove, Harper Creek, Sugar Knob Wild Areas
The 138,000-plus acres of the Grandfather Mountain/ Linville Gorge Conservation Area is a study in contrasts, spectacular scenery and world-class biological richness. Grandfather Mountain soars to almost 6,000 feet; the rim of […]

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Unicoi Mountains Conservation Area

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Conservation Areas: Unicoi Mountains Conservation Area, Unicoi Mountains (NC), Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area (TN), Snowbird Creek – Lower, Snowbird (NC), Sycamore Creek (TN), Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Extensions, Santeetlah Headwaters
The Unicoi Mountains lie to the southwest of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and boast natural and scenic values that […]

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Nolichucky Gorge

Nolichucky Gorge

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Approximate Size: 5,644 acres
Old Growth Acreage: 745 acres
Location: Mitchell and Yancey counties, North Carolina, 25 miles northwest of Burnsville; Pisgah National Forest, Toecane Ranger District
USGS Topographic Maps: Chestoa, Huntdale
The Nolichucky Gorge Mountain Treasure lies within the steep, scenic gorge along both sides of the Nolichucky River […]

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Highlands of Roan

Highlands of Roan

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Approximate Size: 9,356 acres
Location: Mitchell and Avery counties, North Carolina (Carter county Tennessee), 15 miles northwest of Spruce Pine; Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District
USGS Topographic Maps: Carvers Gap, Bakersville, and White Rocks
The Highlands of Roan are biologically, geologically and geographically unique. Old Growth is […]

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