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  • Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge, located on Pamlico Sound in Hyde County, North Carolina, was established on June 23, 1932. Approximately 8,800 acres are included in the National Wilderness Prese...
  • The Southern Nantahala Wilderness was designated in 1984 and currently consists of 23,473 acres (94.99 km2). Approximately 11,770 acres (47.6 km2) are located in Georgia in the Chattahoochee National ...
  • The Shining Rock Wilderness is a protected Wilderness Area in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its first 13,400 acres (54 km2) have been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since the ...
  • The Sheep Ridge Wilderness now contains a total of 9,297 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of North Carolina....
  • Refuge lands, on the Atlantic Coastal Plain, are part of an extensive bottomland hardwood forest supported by wehadkee and chewacla soils. The forests consist of mixed hardwood flats and ridges, cypre...
  • The Pond Pine Wilderness now contains a total of 1,685 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of North Carolina. ...
  • The Pocosin Wilderness now contains a total of 11,709 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of North Carolina. ...
  • The Pee Dee NWR is part of the Savannah-Santee-Pee Dee Ecosystem.The diversity of habitats and management programs supports a broad range of wildlife species, including over 180 bird, 49 amphibian and...
  • Middle Prong Wilderness area is 7,900 acres of steep, rugged high-elevation ridges ranging from 3,200 to over 6,400 feet. The area gets its name from the Middle Prong of the Pigeon River finding whose...
  • The Linville Gorge Wilderness ('The Grand Canyon of North Carolina') is the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina (Shining Rock Wilderness, Joyce-Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness) and one of only...
  • Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, created in 1975, covers 17,394 acres (70 km2) in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina and the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee, in th...
  • The Ellicott Rock Wilderness was designated in 1975 and currently consists of 8,274 acres (33.48 km2) surrounding the point at which Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina come together. It is th...
  • Currituck Banks North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve is a component site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve on the Currituck Banks, north of Corolla, North Carolin...
  • The Birkhead Mountains Wilderness now contains a total of 5,025 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of North Carolina....