Ranging from northern West Virginia to northern Georgia, the southern Appalachian Mountains have a biodiversity without rival. Combine this with rugged beauty and easy accessibility, and exploring the gifts of spring in these ancient mountains can become a consuming passion. Most areas set aside for recreational use are smaller than those found in the Southwest, but this just means it's easier to explore more than one area. You won't be too far from civilization but far enough to feel like Daniel Boone is looking over your shoulder.
This selection isn't even the tip of the iceberg of opportunities that abound in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Grand vistas are more difficult to find, but the wealth of flora and fauna and intimate landscapes will keep you clicking all day long. Remember to pause long enough on a trail or by a stream to drink in the peace that emanates from these grand old areas of our nation's wilderness.
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