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Natural Heritage

The Natural Heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina | 

The landscape has created a wonderland of natural heritage in this region. The Blue Ridge Mountains have been a place of inspiration for Native Americans, artists, musicians, writers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and many others throughout history. As part of Appalachian history, the land’s unique biodiversity has left its mark on forests, rivers, plants, and wildlife in many ways. It is why 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:

Watch these interesting videos about the Gold Rush History in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area:

Doug McCormick dredging for gold at Lucky Strike.

Gold mining artifacts Video with Dr. James Haney.

Panning for Gold at the Lucky Strike

Listen to some interesting stories about our Natural Heritage by clicking on the links below: