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Upper Wilson Creek

9,319 acres NCMT; 4,465 acres PWA; 4,773 acres IRA          

Recommendation: This entire Mountain Treasure Area should be placed in Special Biological Area management or Backcountry Management Area, and should be part of the Grandfather National Recreation Area

Naturalness: The northwest boundary of Upper Wilson Creek adjoins the Grandfather Mountain section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Wilson Creek and its tributaries–Little Wilson, Stackrock and Andrews Creeks–are all designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Strewn with boulders and plunge pools, they offer endless pleasure to visitors’ content.

The headwaters of Little Wilson Creek, north of the Gragg Road (SR 1514), extend to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The stream falls in a nearly continuous cascade. Upper Wilson Creek is a Forest Service-designated roadless area, which gives it some protection from logging and roadbuilding.

Opportunities for Solitude: The Wilson Creek Area has ample opportunity for solitude. Much of its current use as a Wild and Scenic River takes advantage of this opportunity.

Opportunities for Recreation: Wilson Creek is a magnet for anglers because of its world-class trout fishery, and for kayakers because of its challenging white water. Wilson Creek and its tributaries–Little Wilson, Stackrock and Andrews Creeks–are all designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Strewn with boulders and plunge pools, they offer endless pleasure to visitors’ content.

Ecological and other values: This area has 1,095 acres of old growth forest and Upper Wilson Creek is classified as an Outstanding Resource Water by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality.This area contains the following State Natural Heritage Areas: Wilson Creek Slopes/Lost Cove Creek/Thorps Creek (NCNHP proposed for new priority SIA) Grandfather Mountain

Manageability: The Wilson Creek area is very manageable as a Wild and Scenic River Corridor. It would also be very manageable in Backcountry management and as part of a Grandfather NRA. The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, a regional land trust, is in the process of acquiring 649 acres of pri-vate land along four miles of Wilson Creek to protect it from development. When the sale is complete, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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