Bordered by Grandfather Mountain on the
north and the Black Mountains (including Mt. Mitchell) on the west, these steep, high-relief gorge areas support a diverse
assemblage of breeding birds. The Linville Gorge area is a designated Wilderness Area. Three roadless areas (Wilson Creek, Lost Cove Cliffs, and Harpers Creek), include over 12,140 ha (29,999 acres) of intact forest. Abundant water resources add to the diversity of the area, and many Outstanding Resource Waters are contained in this IBA, as well as several North Carolina Natural Heritage Program Significant Natural Areas.

Habitat

Mixed mesophytic forest, cove hardwood, hemlock cove, and xeric oak-pine forests, with smaller components of cliff face, heath bald, bottomland forest (riverine), grassland, and other early successional habitats.

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