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Standing Indian Mountain-Nantahala River Wetlands
High mountain ridges and summits support mature forest habitats. From wetlands near Nantahala River to highest ridges and summits, the varied habitats support a full range of Southern Appalachian wildlife.
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Sandhills Game Land
Description: Largest natural reserve in the Sandhills region. Habitats include old-growth longleaf pine flatwoods and savannas, Atlantic white cedar stands, by heads with pond pine and evergreen shrubs, hardwood swamps, blackwater streams, and bluffs covered by mountain laurel. These diverse communities and extreme wet and dry conditions provide habitat for many animals, also numerous rare plants.

Wildlife to Watch: Many amphibians and reptiles here, including scarlet king snake, northern pine snake, and pygmy rattler. Spectacular springtime choruses of frogs, including pine barrens treefrog. Rare Bachman’s sparrow nests in grasses; colonies of endangered red-cockaded woodpecker found in mature pine stands. Watch for fox squirrels, white-tail deer, red and grey foxes, as well as many butterflies native to this ecosystem.

Special Tips: Bisected by public roads; visitors advised to stop at the headquarters located on the west side of U.S. 1 south of Hoffman for viewing advice. Best times to visit the game lands are on non-hunting days. HUNTING OCCURS DURING FALL, WINTER, AND APRIL-MAY ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, SATRUDAYS, AND HOLIDAYS. USE CAUTION PARKING ON ROAD SHOULDERS; AVOID DEEP SAND.

Ownership: NCWRC 
Size: 57,250 acres 
Closest Town: Hoffman


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Red-cockaded Woodpecker - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
West and east sides of U.S. 1, ten miles north of Rockingham or fifteen miles south of Southern Pines.

For more information call (919) 733-7291 or 281-3917.

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Sandhills Game Land : Wildlife Viewing Area