Rich Mountain Wilderness

Rich Mountain Wilderness is a wilderness area within the Chattahoochee National Forest in Gilmer County, Georgia, USA. It consists of 9,476 acres (38.35 km2) of the 13,276 acres (54 km2) that makes up the Rich Mountains. The highest elevation in the Rich Mountain Wilderness is the 4,050-foot (1,234 m) peak of Rich Mountain.

Rich Mountain Wilderness is home to threatened and endangered plants and numerous species considered rare in Georgia. About 30 miles of trout streams and waterfalls, mountainous terrain, and a second-growth hardwood forest provide habitat for deer, squirrels, raccoons, wild turkeys, and grouse, with black bears, quail, wild hogs and woodcocks. The land that forms the Wilderness is characterized by the same sort of deep, black porter’s loam found in the Cohutta Mountains. The Wilderness is managed by the United States Forest Service and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Hiking Rich Mountain Wilderness

Rich Mountain Trail is a 13.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherry Log, Georgia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate. Please note: Only experienced hikers should hike Wilderness areas and hikers should carry a compass, topographical maps, and other survival gear. Beware of the large bear population in Rich Mountain Wilderness. Always let someone know your hiking plans and expected time of return.

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