The Bald Mountains straddle the North Carolina–Tennessee state line and are one of the largest swaths of wild landscapes in Southern Appalachia. Numerous rock outcrops provide spectacular views, particularly near Camp Creek Bald and at Big Butt. The boulder field between White Rock and Baxter Cliffs is one of the most spectacular in the region; peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs above. The Appalachian Trail follows the ridge crest for over 15 miles, with three shelters along the route. Several side trails provide access to the A.T. from both North Carolina and Tennessee. One of the most unusual is the trail from Green Ridge Knob down Dry Creek, which runs underground for long distances. Old-growth forests are found at high elevations, and the mountains are home to several rare species.
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