|Description: Most extensive heath and grassy balds on Roan Mountain ridgecrest. Beautiful vistas and flowers along ten-mile segment of Appalachian Trail, often called most scenic segment of the trail.|
Wildlife to Watch: Northern flying squirrel. New England cottontail and saw-whet owl are near southern extent of ranges. Also present are least weasel, spotted skunk, black bear, bobcat, mice, and salamanders. Ravens, hawks, and occasional golden eagles seen over balds and cliffs.
Other viewing opportunities at the Nolichucky River gorge and Big Bald mountain on nearby national forest lands.
Special Tips: Best means of viewing grass and heath balds by walking segments of Appalachian Trail east from Carvers Gap.
Other Activities: Auto access to massive “garden” of purple rhododendron and flame azalea, with short trails to spruce-fir forest and clifftops on Roan High Knob.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Nature Conservancy & Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Size: 10,000 acres
Closest Town: Bakersville in NC, Roan Mountain in TN
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