One of the richest ecosystems in North America flows from southern Appalachia #WeAreRivers
Little Tennessee: Living Large Map of the Little Tennessee River watershed. You’d be hard pressed to pick just one exceptional aspect of the Little Tennessee River. From its headwaters in the Chattahoochee National Forest of northeast Georgia, through the mountains of scenic western North Carolina, along the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on down to Fontana Lake and its eventual confluence with the Tennessee River near Knoxville, the “Little T” is 135 miles of Appalachian Mountain glory. Nestled amid some of the oldest mountains on Earth, the basin harbors an incredibly rich ecosystem. More than 3,000 species of plants provide habitat for a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mussels. More than half the rural basin is publicly owned and nearly 90 percent is forested, a portion of it in the Cataloochee Valley that serves ...