Our State Geography in a Snap: the mountain region

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

See also:

Extended entry on the Mountains(from NC Atlas Revisited)

Extended entry on the Mountains (from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina)

Related Entries: Settlement of the MountainsCherokee; Asheville; The NC Gold Rush; Piedmont; Coastal Plain; Regional Vegetation

North Carolina Mountain CountiesThe western part of the state is the Mountain region. It is smaller in area than the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. The elevation in this region reaches to more than one mile high. The Blue Ridge Mountains separate the Piedmont from the Mountain region. Other ranges in the Mountain region include the Bald, Balsam, Black, Brushy, Great Smoky, Iron, Pisgah, Stone, and Unaka. All of these ranges are part of the larger Appalachian Mountains, possibly the oldest mountains in the United States. North Carolina has at least 40 mountains that rise to 6,000 feet and 100 that rise more than 5,000 feet. Mount Mitchell in the Black Mountain range is 6, 684 feet high. This is the highest point in North Carolina and the highest in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The Eastern Continental Divide runs east from those flowing west. Rivers on the eastern side of the divide flow east toward the Atlantic Ocean. Rivers that run on the western side of the divide flow toward the Tennessee and Ohio rivers and into the Gulf of Mexico.









"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:

"North Carolina Fall Color, October 2009, Blue Ridge Parkway," Video courtesy of VisitNCVideo, posted October 15, 2009, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgN3-_w0II&list=PLC0B017316D74440B&index... (accessed March 27, 2012).


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Greetings Kelly,
I am working towards my Doctorate and for a research question, I am needing the total number of African Americans in the ENTIRE mountain region. Please assist.





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Good morning, 

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and sharing your question.

Here are search results for "mountain industry" -- https://www.ncpedia.org/gsearch?query=mountain+industry.  You can scroll throught the search results and you'll see articles related to industry in the NC mountains. 

For landmarks, you'll also see some in these search results. You might also be interested in a collection of articles about NC's state parks -- https://www.ncpedia.org/exploring-state-parks. Please also visit the collection for Geography, Environment & Places -- https://www.ncpedia.org/exploring-north-carolina-geography. 

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