Why the Southern Appalachians

The Southern Appalachians of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee are home to some of the few remaining great forests in the eastern United States.

These dense forests are thriving with life, from the deer and black bears that roam the hills to the mountain streams that teem with brook trout. They provide a canopy for countless outdoor adventures, like hiking, camping, fishing, wildlife watching and nature walking.

The Southern Appalachians region provides an escape for residents of nearby urban centers throughout the southeastern United States. They also are a source of clean drinking water for the region.

As an iconic stretch of the Southern Appalachian mountains that includes the southern section of the Appalachian Trail, the region is also a natural retreat for other visitors from across the country.

The forests provide a canopy for countless outdoor adventures, like hiking, camping, fishing, wildlife watching and nature walking.

What’s at stake

Development and logging continue to threaten the timber-rich national forests of the Southern Appalachians. These threats not only endanger the trees, but also the outdoor recreation opportunities and environmental benefits that these forests provide.

What we’re doing

At The Wilderness Society, we are working to protect forests in the Southern Appalachians from unnecessary logging and development.

We collaborate with local volunteers, community groups, businesses and others to find cooperative ways to protect the forests and make sure their wildest areas remain wild.