Tusquitee Bald / Fires Creek
Tusquitee Bald is one of the largest, unprotected primitive areas in the Nantahala National Forest. The 13,000-acre roadless area is also a bear sanctuary. Tusquitee is part of a horseshoe-shaped rim of mountains lined by the 26-mile Fires Creek Rim Trail, which circles the basin on a knife-edged ridge. Scenic views abound. Trout fishing in Fires Creek and several other streams is excellent, and the pristine waters of Fires Creek also support several rare aquatic species. The Bartram Trail and Appalachian Trail are nearby.