North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
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Siler Bald

6,282 acres NCMT

Recommendation: This entire Mountain Treasure Area should be placed in Backcountry Management Area

Naturalness: 6,282 Acre Siler Bald, named for the same Siler family that gave its name to a bald in the Smokies, is most important because it protects a long corridor of large areas that the Appalachian Trail strings together. The bald itself is open and planted in grass which the Forest Service maintains by mowing. The Right Prong of Rough Fork drainage on the northeast side of the area is an intriguing deep forest, and relatively untouched. There is no trail into this woodland dell, so caution is advised for those who try to penetrate it, though the successful will be rewarded with a lovely waterfall.

Spring flowers are abundant in the coves around Siler Bald. In the fall, there is usually a bumper crop of grapes and blueberries.

Opportunities for Solitude/Backcountry Recreation: The Appalachian Trail crosses this area from Winding Stairs Gap on U.S. Highway 64 in the south to Wayah Gap in the north. A shelter on the AT provides overnight facilities for through hikers.

Ecological and other values: This area contains the following State Natural Heritage Areas:
Roaring Fork/Fire Gap Ridge; MTA only

The scenic and cultural values of the bald area are exceptional.

Manageability: The presence of outstanding backcountry resources and the Appalachian Trail through the area makes this area suitable for Backcountry management.

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