Box Creek Wilderness, located on a peninsula of forested mountains jutting into the piedmont from the Blue Ridge ecoregion, is one of the top 25 natural heritage sites in North Carolina for density of rare species. Almost 80 rare species live in its 3,000 acres. Globally rare plant communities including barrens, rocky outcrops, basic oak-hickory forests, and alluvial and swamp forests make up one third of its area.
Join botanist and wildlife biologist Kevin Caldwell, conservation biologist Lee Echols, herpetologist Becky Hardman, and ecologist Lloyd Raleigh as they discover dozens of rare species and community types. Look close-up at larger-than-life-sized rare salamanders, crayfish, and plants. Admire the beauty of critically imperiled communities worthy of our protection.