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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Ash Cove

Ash Cove

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Approximate Size: 5,884 acres
Old Growth Acreage: 1,708 acres
Location: Northeast of Andrews, NC, in Cherokee County bordering the Tusquitee Ranger District boundary, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Andrews, Robbinsville, Hewitt, Topton
The Ash Cove Mountain Treasure is on the eastern end of the Snowbird Mountains that rise above […]

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Cheoah Bald

Cheoah Bald

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Approximate Size: 9,453 acres
Roadless Acreage: 7,810 acres
Old Growth Acreage: 4,635acres
Location: Swain and Graham counties, NC; 12 miles southwest of Bryson City; Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Hewitt, Wesser, Tuskegee, Noland Creek
The Cheoah Bald roadless area once encompassed over 21,000 acres. But logging and […]

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Tusquitee Bald

Tusquitee Bald

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Approximate size: 29,177 acres
Roadless acreage: 13,791 acres
Old growth acreage: 3,990 acres
Location: Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties, NC; 10 miles east of Murphy; Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest.
USGS Topographic Maps: Shooting Creek, Hayesville, Topton, Andrews, Peachtree
The Tusquitee Bald Mountain Treasure is one of the largest, unprotected […]

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Boteler Peak

Boteler Peak

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Roadless acreage: 4,221 acres
Old growth acreage: 917 acres
Location: Clay County, NC; 15 miles southwest of Franklin; Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Shooting Creek, Rainbow Springs, Topton
The Boteler Peak Mountain Treasure area connects to the Tusquitee Bald area to the northwest and the Southern […]

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Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions

Southern Nantahala Wilderness Extensions

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Congress designated the Southern Nantahala Wilderness in 1984. Its 24,500 acres straddle the border of North Carolina and Georgia. Standing Indian Mountain, part of a south-facing horseshoe-shaped massif that forms the Tallulah River basin, dominates the area.
To the north, ridges radiate from the closed […]

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Tellico Bald

Tellico Bald

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Approximate Size: 12,522 acres
Old growth acreage: 1,846 acres
Location: Macon County, NC; 10 miles northwest of Franklin; Wayah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Wesser, Wayah Bald, Alarka, Franklin
This high altitude area is characterized by dense, high elevation old-growth forest. In the fog, or when ice-rimmed, […]

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Wesser Bald

Wesser Bald

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Approximate size: 6,655 acres
Roadless acreage: 4,094 acres
Old growth acreage: 1,339 acres
Location: Swain and Macon Counties, NC; 10 miles northeast of Beechertown; Wayah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Wesser
This Mountain Treasure extends northward from Tellico Gap in the general direction of Wesser, on the Nantahala […]

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Piercy Mountain Range

Piercy Mountain Range

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Approximate size: 9,107 acres
Old growth acreage: 2,515 acres
Location: Cherokee and Macon counties, NC; 8 miles east of Andrew; Wayah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Topton, Hewitt, Andrews
There are 26 miles of developed trails in this area including a section of the North Carolina […]

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Siler Bald

Siler Bald

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Approximate size: 6,279 acres
Roadless acreage: 0
Old growth acreage: 13
Location: Macon County, NC; 10 miles southwest of Franklin; Wayah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Wayah Bald, Topton, Rainbow Springs
Siler Bald, named for the same Siler family that gave its name to a bald in the […]

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