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.

See other parks in North Carolina.
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Forest Service said fires have been burning on more than 25 square miles in the Nantahala National Forest in the western part of North Carolina.
Browning, "Preliminary ecological classification of arborescent communities on the wine spring creek watershed, nantahala national forest," in Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, J.
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.
If you're more of a landlubber, you can help maintain trails in Ocala National Forest, home of the world's largest continuous sand pine scrub forest, while enjoying hikes along the Florida National Scenic Trail (February 23-March 1), or ramble around some of the tallest and oldest trees in the eastern United States in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, while building and restoring scenic trails on another Club service trip (March 30-April 5).
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.
Outside of town there are some hardcore hideaways around the Nantahala National Forest. Highlands is located on a plateau in the middle of Nantahala, which is about 531,148 acres with mountain elevations and lowland rivers and lakes.
Nantahala Hideaway: Tapoco Lodge, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina.
[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.