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A Nature Guide to Northwest North Carolina

Stewart Skeate

Parkway Publishers
$24.95 paperback
6 x 9      
215 pages
color photos throughout
Published in January 2004

The northwest counties of North Carolina are rich in natural areas waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah National Forest, Roan Mountain, Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Jefferson State Park, and the New River are some of the many special locales in this outstanding section of the Southern Appalachians. The impressive plant and animal diversity of the area is amazing but may be overwhelming to visitors. This comprehensive guide uses a distinctive habitat approach to the region, describing the different habitats of the region including the rich Northern Hardwood Forests and Covers, the vast Mixed Oak Forests, the scenic Grassy Balds, the high elevation Spruce-Fir Forests, and the unusual Mountain Bog communities.

  • Ideally suited for individuals interested in understanding the ecology of the natural areas of Northwest North Carolina
  • A detailed text focuses on the varied habitats of the region
  • Plants found in each habitat are described and key characteristics and points of interest for each species are included
  • Extensive descriptions of local fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • 260 color plates aid in plant and animal identification
  • Specific locales are highlighted with descriptions of habitats, suggested trails, and directions
  • A special reference section for selecting plant and animal nature guides for the region


A Nature Guide To Northwest North Carolina is very highly recommended to all campers, visitors, or naturalists visiting the northwestern landscapes of North Carolina.”
Midwest Review