The United States Congress designated the Rich Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1986 and it now has a total of 10,790 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Georgia
and is managed by the Forest Service.
At 4,050 feet, Rich Mountain anchors a diverse botanical area. A second-growth hardwood forest provides habitat for deer, squirrels, raccoons, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, black bears, quail, and woodcocks. Small- and big-game hunters are the predominant human users of this Wilderness (which lies within Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area). A few hikers and horseback riders occasionally end up here, despite the lack of established trails. Instead, they follow what remains of old logging roads. Private land nearly surrounds the Wilderness.