Big Ivy, Craggy Gardens, and Balsam Gap

Asheville, North Carolina

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Big Ivy refers to a kidney-shaped region in the Craggy Gardens that forms the headwaters of the Ivy River. This is a dense, cove-hardwood forest with a well developed herbaceous layer, myriad wildflowers in spring, fast-flowing streams, numerous waterfalls, and areas of old-growth forest. Elevation ranges from 2,200 feet to over 5,000 feet. Higher-elevation areas include sections in the spruce fir zone. Habitats: Rich cove forest, hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, areas of old growth with an extensive herbaceous layer, mountain streams. Key birds: Summer: Veery; Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Scarlet Tanager; Indigo Bunting; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill. Year-round: Common Raven; Ruffed Grouse; Winter Wren; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Brown Creeper.
Birding North Carolina

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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

Big Ivy refers to a kidney-shaped region in the Craggy Gardens that forms the headwaters of the Ivy River. This is a dense, cove-hardwood forest with a well developed herbaceous layer, myriad wildflowers in spring, fast-flowing streams, numerous waterfalls, and areas of old-growth forest. Elevation ranges from 2,200 feet to over 5,000 feet.

Higher-elevation areas include sections in the spruce fir zone. Habitats: Rich cove forest, hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, areas of old growth with an extensive herbaceous layer, mountain streams. Key birds: Summer: Veery; Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Scarlet Tanager; Indigo Bunting; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill. Year-round: Common Raven; Ruffed Grouse; Winter Wren; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Brown Creeper.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Asheville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best in late April to early June
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Ivy, Craggy Gardens, and Balsam Gap

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