Nantahala National Forest


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Nantahala National Forest

Address:160A Zillicoa St
Asheville, NC 28802

Phone:828-257-4200
Web: www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc
Size: 531,286 acres.
Location:Southwestern North Carolina. Accessible by US 19, 64, and 129; NC 28 and 107. Nearby cities/towns include Bryson City, Hayesville, Murphy, and Robbinsville.
Facilities:Campgrounds, group camp, lodge, picnic sites, trails (1,734 miles), swimming beaches, boat ramps, lookout tower, scenic drives, ORV areas.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, whitewater rafting, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ORV riding, rock climbing.
Special Features:Because the sun penetrates the bottom of the gorge only at noon, the Cherokee named the area Nantahala, "Land of the Noon-Day Sun." Attractions include Nantahala River Gorge, an 8.5-mile stretch of Nantahala River known as a world-class whitewater river; a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (see entry in national trails section); Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, a remnant old-growth forest that contains specimens of more than 100 tree species, many more than 400 years old. 411-foot Whitewater Falls, the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (see entry in national parks section) adjoins the forest at its northern boundary.

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Hikes: The best way to appreciate the outdoor splendor is hiking one of the hundreds of trails, ranging from multi-day treks on the Appalachian Trail to short strolls in Nantahala National Forest.
Researchers used radiocarbon analysis of 82 soil charcoal samples dating from 1977 to more than 4,000 years ago to reconstruct the fire history of a 25-acre site in the Nantahala National Forest.
Forest biologists released the first predator beetles into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina in spring 2004.
Fontana Lake near Bryson City, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the north and the Nantahala National Forest to the south, has long been a great destination for boaters and fishermen.
Johnson views Rudolph as a survivor because he can find some kind of peace in the caves of Nantahala National Forest, where he hides.
Rainbow Falls: This spectacular 150-foot waterfall is located in the Nantahala National Forest.
solid index] In western North Carolina, on the Nantahala National Forest, you'll see some fine old-growth eastern hemlock and yellow poplar on the Cheoah Ranger District.
Glen Falls: Near Highlands is this beautiful setting in the Nantahala National Forest, with two separate 70-foot drops on a 1.
The living memorial to Kilmer, tucked away in the heart of North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, lies under the shadow of the Snowbird Mountains of the Unicoi Range.
Mystic Ridge Atop Queens Lake has an initial selection of 30 homesites in a private, gated community high above the renowned Nantahala River amidst magnificent mountain views, perpetually protected Nantahala National Forest.
It took years to clear what "looked like a war zone," says Nantahala National Forest district ranger Ronnie Raum.
There are biological and structural principles of old-growth forests that apply equally in the East and the West," Sun spotlights an opening in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina.