Citico Wildlife Wilderness, Vonore

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#13 of 43 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Citico Creek Wilderness is a 16226acre wilderness area within the Cherokee National Forest in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The wilderness contains the entire upper drainage of Citico Creek, which consists of the north and south forks and at least eight tributaries. Three steep-sided ridges descend west from the crest of the Unicoi Mountains — Brush Mountain, Pine Ridge, and Sassafras Ridge.HistoryCitico Creek is named after the ancient Overhill Cherokee village of Citico, which was located at the creek's mouth along the Little Tennessee River. The village site was inundated by the creation of Tellico Reservoir in 1979.Most of the Citico Creek watershed was logged in the early 1920s by the Babcock Lumber Company, and most of what was not logged was destroyed by a massive forest fire in 1925. The United States Forest Service purchased the devastated land in the 1930s, and its policy of allowing natural processes to heal the forest has led to the development of a mature, second-growth deciduous forest along Citico Creek.ForestDiverse cove hardwood forests— which include yellow poplar, white oak, red oak, and hemlock— are found in the bottomlands along stream beds. The ridge slopes are covered by a mixed hardwood-pine forest consisting primarily of white oak, red oak, and hickory in moist areas and substantial stands of white pine, pitch pine, and shortleaf pine on drier slopes and ridgecrests.
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  • What a fun afternoon we had with Cleve...owner and guide. He is quite knowledgeable re all the species on his property and willing to take the time to stop and let you ask more questions, take photogr...  more »
  • You must call ahead to make your reservation for the tour and get directions to the place. It is very remote in the beautiful wilderness of Citico Creek. The owner meets you at a locked forest service...  more »
  • We loved our adventure in the mountains looking at all of the wonderful animals! Our guide, Cleve, was so friendly and was a great source of information on the wonderful animals we were able to see! A...  more »
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