North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
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Bald Mountains

Bald Mountains

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Approximate Size: 11,599 acres
Roadless Acreage: 10,971 acres on the Pisgah National Forest (adjoining 12,017 acres on the Cherokee National Forest)
Old Growth Acreage: 1,323 acres
Location: Madison County, North Carolina, 12 miles northeast of Hot Springs; Pisgah National Forest, French Broad Ranger Station
USGS Topographic Maps: Greystone, Flag Pond, […]

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Pigeon River Gorge

Pigeon River Gorge

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Approximate Size: 7,309 acres
Old Growth Acreage: 991 acres
Location: Haywood County, North Carolina, 20 miles northwest of Canton; Pisgah National Forest, French Broad Ranger District
USGS Topographic Maps: Waterville, Lemon Gap, Cove Creek Gap
This area is the first one a hiker enters after leaving the Smokies, heading […]

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Bluff Mountain

Bluff Mountain

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Approximate size: 5,862 acres
Old Growth Acreage: 68 acres
Location: Madison county, North Carolina, extending five miles southwest from Hot Springs; Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District; and Cocke County, Tennessee.
USGS Topographic Maps: Lemon Gap, Spring Creek, Paint Rock, Hot Springs
Bluff Mountain lies along the state line between […]

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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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Dobson Knob

Dobson Knob

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Roadless acreage: 6,128 acres
Old growth acreage: 5,002 acres
Location: Burke and McDowell Counties, NC, 15 miles north of Marion; Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Ashford, Little Switzerland
Dobson Knob is a massif with a double top at 3680 feet, from which ridges and valleys fall […]

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Linville Gorge Wilderness Extensions

Linville Gorge Wilderness Extensions

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Approximate size: 3,464 acres
Roadless acreage: 2,800 acres
Old growth acreage: 134 acres
Location: Burke County, NC, 14 miles northwest of Morganton; Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
USGS Topographic Maps: Ashford, Linville Falls, Chestnut Mountain, Oak Hill
Linville Gorge, sometimes referred to as the “Grand Canyon of North […]

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