The Natural Heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina
An ancient mountain landscape, varied topography, and a temperate climate have given rise to a wonderland of natural heritage in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains have been a place of inspiration for Native Americans, artists, musicians, writers, doctors, entrepreneurs and many others throughout history. As a part of Appalchian history, the rich biodiversity makes the forests, rivers, plants, and wildlife here unique in many ways. It is the reason many people visit the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC and never leave. The natural beauty and heritage in the area make the NC mountains unforgettable for visitors and residents alike.
In the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area you will find the following natural heritage sites:
- Some of the oldest mountains in the world.
- The highest mountain peak in the eastern United States (Mount Mitchell).
- The oldest river in North America (New River).
- The deepest gorge east of the Grand Canyon (Linville Gorge).
- The highest waterfall east of the Rockies (Whitewater Falls).
- Some of the greatest biodiversity on the continent.
- Some of the richest deposits of certain gems and minerals on earth.
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