These mountains are covered with lush forests and an extraordinarily diverse wildlife community. Included hemlock forests, "cove forests", bogs and fens supporting a delicate ecosystem. The area is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest with over 67,000 acres. These areas are magnificent and exciting places to view plants, wildlife and waterfalls. While you are out enjoying these gifts, please keep in mind the state guidelines guarding them for generations to come. Go to www.enr.state.nc.us for more information.