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Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains as seen from Blowing Rock, North Carolina.The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. This province consists of northern and southern physiographic regions, which divide near the Roanoke River gap.

The mountain range is located in the eastern United States, starting at its southern-most portion in Georgia, then ending northward in Pennsylvania.  To the west of the Blue Ridge, between it and the bulk of the Appalachians, lies the Great Appalachian Valley, bordered on the west by the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian range.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are noted for their bluish color when seen from a distance. Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the isoprene released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color.

Within the Blue Ridge province are two major national parks: the Shenandoah National Park in the northern section and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern section. The Blue Ridge also contains the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile long scenic highway that connects the two parks and is located along the ridge crestlines with the Appalachian Trail.

The following is a list of mountains constituting the Blue Ridge, a mountain range stretching from Pennsylvania to Georgia in the USA.  The Blue Ridge is part of the larger Appalachian Mountain Range.

Mountains are listed roughly from northeast to southwest:

  • South Mountain, Pennsylvania/Maryland
  • Catoctin Mountain, Maryland/Virginia
    • Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland (possible outlier)
  • Elk Ridge, Maryland
  • Bull Run Mountains, Virginia
  • Short Hill Mountain, Virginia
  • Blue (Ridge) Mountain, Virginia
  • The "Blue Ridge" proper, Shenandoah Nat'l Park, Virginia
    • Pignut Mountain, Virginia
    • Knob Mountain, Virginia
    • Neighbor Mountain, Virginia
    • Hawksbill Mountain, Virginia
    • Old Rag Mountain, Virginia
  • Apple Orchard Mountain, Virginia
  • Humpback Mountain, Virginia
  • Southwest Mountains, Virginia
  • Peaks of Otter, Virginia
  • Poor Mountain, Virginia
  • Brushy Mountain, Virginia
  • Holston Mountain, Tennessee / Virginia
  • Sauratown Mountains, North Carolina
    • Moore's Knob, North Carolina
    • Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
  • Beech Mountain, North Carolina
  • Hanging Rock, North Carolina
  • Peak Mountain, North Carolina
  • Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
  • Flattop Mountain, North Carolina
  • Brier Knob, Avery County, North Carolina
  • Pixie Mountain, North Carolina
  • Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina
  • Grandmother Mountain, North Carolina
  • Bee Mountain, North Carolina
  • Spanish Oak Mountain, North Carolina
  • Unaka Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina
    • Big Yellow Mountain, North Carolina
    • Little Yellow Mountain, North Carolina
    • Grassy Ridge Bald, North Carolina
    • Roan Mountain, Tennessee/North Carolina
  • Bald Mountains
    • Max Patch
  • Chestnut Mountain, Caldwell County, North Carolina
  • Little Chestnut Mountain, North Carolina
  • Adams Mountain, North Carolina
  • Brown Mountain Ridge, North Carolina
  • Black Mountains, North Carolina
    • Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
    • Mount Craig, North Carolina
    • Celo Knob, North Carolina
  • Great Craggy Mountains, North Carolina
  • Great Balsam Mountains, North Carolina
    • Richland Balsam, North Carolina
    • Black Balsam Knob, North Carolina
    • Cold Mountain, North Carolina
    • Chestnut Mountain, Transylvania County, North Carolina
    • Shining Rock, North Carolina
  • Plott Balsams, North Carolina
    • Waterrock Knob, North Carolina
  • Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina
    • Clingmans Dome
    • Mount Guyot
    • Mount Le Conte
    • Old Black
    • Mount Kephart
    • Thunderhead Mountain
    • Gregory Bald
    • Mount Cammerer
    • Standing Indian Mountain, North Carolina
  • Unicoi Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina
  • Sassafras Mountain, North Carolina/South Carolina
  • Pinnacle Mountain, South Carolina
  • Springer Mountain, Georgia
  • Blood Mountain, Georgia
  • Brasstown Bald, Georgia
  • Rabun Bald, Georgia
  • Black Rock Mountain, Georgia
  • Currahee Mountain, Georgia

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