Important Bird Areas

Yellow Creek Mountains

North Carolina

This rugged area of the Nantahala National Forest includes deep coves and valleys and mid- to highelevation areas just east of Fontana Lake. The area boasts some of the best birding spots in the region, including the well-known Stecoah Gap. A history of forest management, coupled with private agricultural inholdings, has created a
mosaic of habitats that have supported populations of both Golden-winged Warblers and Cerulean Warblers.
Recreational opportunities include motorbiking, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and visiting popular nearby areas (such as Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Fontana Village, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park).


Mixed forest, cove hardwood forest, early successional lands, and agricultural lands.