|Mount Mitchell and Black Mountains|
Highest mountain in eastern America at 6,684 feet. Spruce-fir trees here are dying; acid rain, disease, and insect infestation are blamed. Numerous boreal plants and animals uncommon to region survive on high-elevations islands of Canadian life zones as remnants of Ice Age.
Standing Indian Mountain-Nantahala River Wetlands
|Description: 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.|
Wildlife to Watch: Watch for bear, deer, wild boar, turkey, grouse, hawks, and owls. Unique bogs, swamps, marshes, and seepages along the upper course of Nantahala River feature large number of salamanders, frogs, and turtles, as well as rare plants.
Special Tips: Hiking trails from Standing Indian campground, or forest road to upper elevation trailhead. Area crossed by the Appalachian Trail and network of side trails. Whiteoak Bottoms Bog downstream from Standing Indian campground. No established trails into bogs. Check maps at campground or trailhead information shelters.<
Other Activities: Additional Viewing Opportunities: Wayah Bald to the north on SR 1310, and Buck creek, Fires Creek, Cherokees Lake, Lake Chatuge, and Hiawassee Lake west of Standing Indian on U.S 64.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Size: 13,000 acres
Closest Town: Rainbow Springs
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: