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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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Craggy Mountains

Craggy Mountains (Big Ivy)

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Approximate size: 10,616 acres
Roadless acreage: 2,659 acres
Old growth acreage: 3,691 acres
Location: Buncombe County, NC, 12 miles southwest of Burnsville; Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Mt. Mitchell, Barnardsville, Montreat, Craggy Pinnacle
The Craggy Mountains form the western edge of the larger Black Mountains […]

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Black Mountains

Black Mountains

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Approximate size: 17,906 acres
Roadless acreage: 14,779 acres (10,663-Balsam Cone; 4,116-Bearwallow)
Old growth acreage: 3,063 acres
Location: Yancey County, NC, 10 miles southeast of Burnsville; Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Mt. Mitchell, Celo, Montreat, Old Fort
The Black Mountains area is one of the premier wild expanses […]

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Jarrett Creek

Jarrett Creek

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Approximate size: 8,975 acres
Roadless acreage: 7,500 acres
Old growth acreage: 4,180 acres
Location: McDowell County, NC, 5 miles northeast of Montreat; Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Old Fort, Montreat
The beauty of Jarrett Creek places it in the top 10 of all creeks on the Pisgah/Nantahala […]

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Mackey Mountain

Mackey Mountain

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Approximate size: 15,095 acres
Roadless acreage: 5,934 acres
Old growth acreage: 5,476 acres
Location: McDowell County, NC, 15 miles west of Marion; Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest,
USGS Topographic Maps: Old Fort, Marion West
Mackey Mountain and the valley of Mackey Creek contains the largest unbroken tract of old-growth forest […]

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Woods Mountain

Woods Mountain

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Approximate size: 12,676 acres
Roadless acreage: 9,606 acres
Old growth acreage: 1,726 acres
Location: McDowell County, NC, 10 miles northwest of Marion; Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Celo, Little Switzerland, Marion West, Old Fort
This is a major roadless area, giving protection to a long segment of […]

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