Exploring Wilson Creek

In November, we began writing a monthly series of blog posts for our partners at Great Outdoor Provision Co. on the current U.S. Forest Service’s revision of its management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Today, we write about the curious case of the Lost Cove and Harper Creek Wilderness Study Areas.

If you’ve been to this 13,000-acre chunk of the Wilson Creek area at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, you’ve perhaps noticed the signs indicating it’s a Wilderness Study Area. If you’ve been going there for a while, you’ve likely noticed the signs have been up for a while — since 1984, when Congress approved the U.S. Forest Service’s WSA recommendation.

Why, 32 years later, are Lost Cove and Harper Creek still being studied? Find the answer to that question and insight into the prospects for new wilderness areas in the mountains, in today’s post, “Lost Cove and Harper Creek: a 32-year Wilderness Struggle,” on the Great Outdoor blog.

If you haven’t been to the area, here’s a 90 Second Escape from last summer that captures the rugged beauty of the area.

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