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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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Hi Jamarie,

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Hello. Thank you for your question. At the top of this article, you'll find links to other entries related to the Piedmont. If you follow those links, you will find quite a bit of additional information. Please let us know if there are specific aspects about the Piedmont that you are interested in but are unable to find in these pages.

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Thomas Sherrod was a member of the North Carolina,s Provincial Congress which met in Halifax on April 4,1776. I would like to know who his parents were. HE was born in Northampton in 1730.


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