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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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Middle Prong Extension

Middle Prong Extension

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Approximate size: 6,689 acres
Roadless acreage: 1,852 acres
Old growth acreage: not inventoried
Location: Haywood County, bordering the Blue Ridge Parkway
USGS Topographic Maps: Sam Knob
The Middle Prong Wilderness is separated from Shining Rock Wilderness on the east only by a state road, NC 215. It is basically the […]

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Shining Rock Wilderness Extension

Shining Rock Wilderness Extension

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Approximate size: 4,863 acres
Roadless acreage: 4,556 acres (2,583-Sam Knob; 1,973-Graveyard Ridge)
Location: Haywood County, borders Blue Ridge Parkway
USGS Topographic Maps: Waynesville, Sam Knob, Cruso, Shining Rock
The Shining Rock Wilderness lies north of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east across NC 215 from the Middle Prong […]

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South Mills River

South Mills River

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Approximate size: 17,120 acres
Roadless acreage: 8,629 acres
Location: Transylvania and Henderson counties, NC, 12 miles north of Brevard; Pisgah Ranger District Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Pisgah Forest, Dunsmore Mountain, Shining Rock
The South Mills River Mountain Treasure is a remarkable transect of mountain scenery including ridgeline […]

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Laurel Mountain Area

Laurel Mountain Area

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Approximate size: 13,368 acres
Roadless acreage: 5,683 acres
Old growth acreage: 245 acres
Location: Henderson and Transylvania counties, NC, 20 miles southwest of Asheville; Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Dunsmore Mountain
The Laurel Mountains Roadless Area shares much with the South Mills Mountain Treasure to its […]

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Daniel Ridge

Daniel Ridge

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Approximate size: 12,982 acres
Old growth acreage: 2,149 acres
Location: Transylvania County, NC, 10 miles northwest of Brevard; Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Shining Rock, Sam’s Knob
Daniel Ridge lies along the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of NC Route 215. It consists of the ridges […]

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Cedar Rock

Cedar Rock

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Approximate size: 8,694 acres
Old growth acreage: 123 acres
Location: Transylvania County, NC, 5 miles west of Brevard; Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Shining Rock, Rosman
This area, and the mountain of the same name, lie on the south side of the Davidson River, south of […]

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