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Longstreet Highroad Guide to the North Georgia Mountains

By The Georgia Conservancy

Design by Lenz, Inc. Decatur, Georgia.

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The Western Blue Ridge

The area known as the Western Blue Ridge includes the Cohutta Mountains and Wilderness, Big Frog Wilderness, Lake Conasauga, Carters Lake, Fort Mountain State Park, Copper Basin, the Rich Mountains, and much of the area drained by the lower reaches of the Etowah and Toccoa rivers. Positioned between the Great Valley and the Eastern Blue Ridge, the Western Blue Ridge section of the Georgia mountains has a character and wildness all its own. Geologically, as part of the southern Unaka Range, some of these mountains have more in common with the Great Smokies to the north than with their immediate sandstone and limestone neighbors to the west or the highly metamorphosed crystalline rock to the east. Because of its diversity, this region offers some of the greatest possibilities for ecological rambling found anywhere in the mountains.

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