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  • Your National Forests in Alabama encompass approximately 667,000 acres of public land stretching across 17 counties. These forests are home to about 900 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. The four national forests offer a diverse landscape and a variety of recreational experiences throughout the year.


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  • Georgia's national forests are said to be a hiker's paradise. Winding trails lead visitors through scenic mountains and rolling hills, by wild rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Ten wildernesses, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of trails enrich the Chattahoochee National Forest. The famous 2,178-mile Appalachian Trail begins here and hardy hikers don't see the end until they reach Maine!


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  • The National Forests in Mississippi are comprised of 1.2 million acres of the state’s most beautiful landscapes, opportunities abound for recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and simply enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Explore the Bienville, Delta, De Soto, Holly Springs, Homochitto, and Tombigbee National Forests. Our lands contain over 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds and 600 miles of streams that are open to the public for fishing.

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  • There are four National Forests in North Carolina including 1.25 million acres of public lands from the mountains to the sea. Where gentle mountain slopes stretch for miles, with gardens of magenta rhododendron, salt marshes that connect to the sea, and lakes surrounded by pine forests. Every year 8.6 million people visit these forests to camp, hike, mountain bike, hunt, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude.

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  • The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests blanket more than 629,000 acres of South Carolina, from its mountains to its coastline. Four ranger districts in South Carolina: the Andrew Pickens, the Enoree and the Long Cane districts on the Sumter National Forest; and the Francis Marion District on the Francis Marion National Forest offer recreational activities as diverse as their terrain--whether you prefer to hike to a mountain waterfall or paddle a lowcountry swamp wilderness.

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  • Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee, the Cherokee National Forest is divided into northern and southern sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and adjoins other national forests in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail.

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  • The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests stretch along the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains, extending from one end of Virginia to the other and even crossing into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. The two national forests contain nearly 1.8 million acres; one of the largest blocks of public land in the eastern United States. Whether you are driving a back-country road, enjoying our glorious fall colors, using binoculars to spot colorful neo-tropical birds, or savoring the peacefulness of wilderness, remember that national forests are special places.

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Women of the Sipsey

Donate to The Women of the Sipsey Fund For the past two years, Wild South has honored individuals who were leaders in the Sipsey Wilderness expansion campaign. Our first honorees were John Randolph, 2014, and Congressman Ronnie Flippo, 2015. This year, Wild South will celebrate and ho
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April 16: Wildflowers and Garbage Hike in the Linville Gorge

Come see the wilderness as it ought to be, Saturday April 16 at 9:30a ~ 4:00p at Daffodil Flats.  No daffodils this year, but an explosion of wildflowers.  Such a rich cove with so much native variety that I don’t know why people focus so much on the non-native daffodils.    Onc
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Wild South Receives Grant from National Forest Foundation for Stewardship Work

  Wild South received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to support volunteer stewardship of public lands in North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Since 2006, the foundation has supported Wild South in its conservation work in our national forests, which has expanded
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Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund Today!

This is a critical moment in the future of America’s wild places. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of the most successful conservation programs in history, has been cut and we need Congress to reinstate it before it’s too late. Please send an email (see below) or
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Public Comment Deadline December 15 on Pisgah-Nantahala Management Plan

The forests need your voice! Comment deadline December 15 The mountains in Western North Carolina are home to the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, which offer endless opportunities for recreation, solitude, conservation, and scenic values.   Currently the United States Forest Se
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Wild South volunteers respond to Big Tree Wildfire in Alabama

Donate to Wild South Today Since this past Friday (October 16), a wildfire emergency has occurred in the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama. The fire was discovered in an area near the Big Tree — the largest yellow-poplar tree in the state and popular Sipsey Wilderness attraction R
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Forest Service Proposes Opening 70% of Pisgah-Nantahala to Logging

TAKE ACTION HERE!  Send your personal comments and stand up for the wild places we all love.  Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center For Release: November 12, 2014 Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, SELC, 919-945-7106 or ksullivan@selcnc.org Forest Service proposes massive
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Cat Gap Loop Trail (Pisgah National Forest)

Cat Gap Loop Trail in Pisgah National Forest By Carson Feather Whitmore Who could ever get tired of Pisgah National Forest? For every day, season, and weather pattern, there is a new perspective. For every stream, rocky outcrop, and inch of elevation, change there is a new world to ex
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Citico Creek Wilderness

Citico Creek Wilderness Located in the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee, the Citico Creek Wilderness area is a truly wild area. Named after the Cherokee Overhill town, Citico offers 57.4 total miles of trail through the varying landscape of over 16,000 acres. Bordered by
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