Category Archives: Mountain Forest Feature

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Classic Cove Hardwood Forest

Forest Summary Found along streams and on north-facing, low protected slopes in the middle elevation zone. Canopy dominated by a large number of tree species including some mix of the following: yellow poplar, mountain silverbell, white basswood, white ash, red … Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acid Cove-Hemlock Forest

Forest Summary Found on acidic sites. Found on creek flats and protected (often steep) slopes in the low (1500-2500′) and middle (2500-4500′) elevation zones. Hemlock dominates the canopy along with three or fewer associates. Acid-loving species like Heath family members … Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Cove Forest

River Cove Forest Found along rivers in the low elevation zone. American sycamore is almost always in the canopy. American hornbeam is almost always in the understory. Rosebay rhododendron is often prominent in the understory. River cove forests grow in … Continue reading

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