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.

 

Sources:

"Social Studies:: Elementary Resouces:: Student Sampler:: Geography," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Website. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/socialstudies/elementary/studentsampler/20geography#location (accessed March 27, 2012).

Video Credit:

"Scenic Flight: Fall Colors of North Carolina (Ashboro)," video courtesy Sprasad007, of uploaded on October 30, 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuPyeQZXRTI (accessed March 27, 2012).

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Comments

Comment: 

What makes the Piedmont unique?

Comment: 

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: https://www.ncpedia.org/exploring-north-carolina-geography-geology-climate

Piedmont history: https://www.ncpedia.org/gsearch?query=piedmont+history

Piedmont wildlife: https://www.ncpedia.org/gsearch?query=piedmont+wildlife

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

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

 

 

 

 

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Climate?

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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 -- https://www.ncpedia.org/exploring-north-carolina-geography-geology-climate.

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

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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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

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plz give me more info

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ikr I mean theres nothing

(I know ritw)

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I could not find anything ehither. Anyone have any useful sites ? How about you Kelly ?

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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.

Thank you.

Mike Millner, NC Government & Heritage Library

Comment: 

Hi Jamarie,

Please check out this additional NCpedia that gathers numerous resources about North Carolina's environment, geography, and climate: http://ncpedia.org/exploring-north-carolina-geography-geology-climate. It's organized by topic and may help you find more information. If you need help finding additional information, please feel free to post another NCpedia comment with the specifics of what you're looking for and we will try to help you.

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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