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The mountains surrounding the Asheville area are home to one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Countless species of plants and wildlife can be found on mountaintop ridges, along the trails and even in urban settings.
Keep your eyes peeled along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains or the national forests that wrap around Asheville and you may spot larger mammals such as bear or coyote. The Smokies alone boast more than 60 species of mammals including the recently re-introduced elk in Cataloochee just 45 minutes from downtown Asheville.