Experience the Southern Appalachians

Well within a day’s drive for millions of Americans, the Southern Appalachians region is an magnet for wilderness lovers and outdoor recreationists.

Paddlers can rip through the rapids on the Nantahala River. Hikers and equestrians can get out into more than a dozen designated wilderness areas. Mountain bikers can ride some of the best trails in the east in the legendary Pisgah National Forest.

Things to do

Like a walk through wildflower jungles? Or fly fishing in a crystal clear mountain stream? There are a wealth of outdoor opportunities in the Southern Appalachians region.

Where to go

With so many options for outdoor adventure, it can be hard to choose where to go. We have a few forests in mind for your next adventure in the Southern Appalachians region.

When to go

Whether you're chasing fall foliage, hunting for spring wildflowers or seeking out a cool forest to avoid the heat of summer, we've got tips on when to visit the Southern Appalachians region.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.