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Our State Geography in a Snap: The Piedmont Region

Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

See also:
Extended entry on the Piedmont (from NC Atlas Revisited)
Extended entry on the Piedmont (from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina)

Related Entries: Raleigh; Greensboro; Settlement of the Piedmont; Mountains; Coastal Plain; Regional Vegetation

North Carolina Piedmont Counties

The Piedmont is the middle region of the state, located between the Coastal Plain and the Mountain regions. Piedmont is a French word meaning "foot of the mountain." The elevations of this region range from about 300 feet in the western Coastal Plain to about 1,500 feet near the mountains. The boundary between the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont is called the fall line or fall zone. Along this are, rivers flow from the older, harder rocks of the Piedmont to the softer rocks of the coastal Plain. Along the fall line, rivers form shoals, low waterfalls, and rapids. Below the fall line, streams are usually sluggish and smooth-flowing. Above the fall line, the streams are rocky and shallow, making boating difficult. The land of the Piedmont is called a plateau because it is high and mostly flat.



"Social Studies:: Elementary Resouces:: Student Sampler:: Geography," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Website. (accessed March 27, 2012).

Video Credit:

"Scenic Flight: Fall Colors of North Carolina (Ashboro)," video courtesy Sprasad007, of uploaded on October 30, 2010, (accessed March 27, 2012).

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I could not find anything either. can you extend the page



Yes, at the top of the article, under the title, it says "See Also." Below that,  there are 2 links with extended information about the piedmont.

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library


I have a question. Their aren't that many facts about the Piedmont and I have a assignment where I have to write some facts about the Piedmont and this really isn't helping that much but the rest is awesome so good job and keep up the good work. :)


What makes the Piedmont unique?


Hi Alex,

That's a great question!

Here are some resources and search results in NCpedia that have a lot of information about what's unique about NC's piedmont:

Geography and climate:

Piedmont history:

Piedmont wildlife:

I hope this helps! Please post back if you have more questions.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library








Hello -- sounds like you might be looking for NCpedia pages about the state's climate. If so, please check out this collection-- scroll to the bottom and you'll see a section on NC climate and weather --

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you need help.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


It fails to mention the Carraway mountains in central NC the Uwharrie mountains in south central NC the Sauratown mountains in the northwest part of the piedmont of NC Kings mountain in Gaston County Crowders mountain in Gaston county Spencer mountain in Gaston county. Piedmont Counties with mountains and their foot hills are Anson Cabarrus Stanly Davidson Guilford Iredell Randolph Montgomery Person Gaston Catawba Lincoln Mecklenburg Rowan. These counties have either mountains that are close to 1'100 feet or have foothills that range from 691 feet to 900 feet


plz give me more info

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