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Sosebee Cove Scenic Area

Description: A beautiful high-elevation north-facing cove with unique flora and fauna, this easily accessible site will inspire the visitor with its huge buckeyes and tulip trees. Other species characteristic of more northern latitudes include basswood, black birch, striped and mountain maple, and the rare yellow wood tree. Impressive boulder fields offer a profusion of spring wildflowers, mosses, and ferns. A loop trail through the cove makes for a rewarding trip.

Viewing Information: Cove forests are known for their rich variety of salamanders. Here you will find the seal salamander, purple salamander, black-bellied salamander, and two-lined salamander. Creek chubs, river chubs, and saffron shiners make the cold-clear stream their home. Spring bird watching can be excellent. American redstarts, rose-breasted grosbeaks, Kentucky warblers, hooded warblers, and black and white warblers are common sites. White-tailed deer, black bears, and ruffed grouse also might be seen.

Directions: From Vogel State Park, travel north on US Hwy. 129 for about .25 miles. Turn left (west) on GA Hwy. 180 and travel 4-5 miles. Sosebee Cove is marked and loop trail begins on the right side of road.

Management: U.S. Forest Service, Brasstown Ranger District, 706-745-6929

Closest Town: Blairsville, GA

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