The view from Devils Courthouse, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, N.C.

Photo Gallery: Exploring North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

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By Michael Lanza

Spanning Georgia to Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Mountains reach their apex in a rumpled carpet of forested mountains sprawling across western North Carolina. Scores of peaks over 5,000 and 6,000 feet—the highest east of the Mississippi—host craggy summits, hundreds of beautiful waterfalls, and more plant species than any other park in the country.

And, by the way, some of the nicest hiking in America.

The name “Blue Ridge” comes from the bluish tint of the mountains when seen from a distance (usually from a high overlook), caused by the trees releasing isoprene into the air, creating the blue haze.

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One Response to Photo Gallery: Exploring North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

  1. Zachary Robbins   |  September 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Here’s a big list of some of the best “view” hikes you could consider for the next trip. Two asterisks are ones I rate as among the top in the state for views.

    **Grandfather Mt via Cragway and Daniel Boone Scout Trails
    **Snake Mountain
    -Pond Mt and Stone Mt on the VA/TN/NC border (very obscure)
    **Shortoff Mt/ The Chimneys/Table Rock Mt/Hawksbill Mt in Linville Gorge east rim
    -Pinch In and Rock Jock Trails in Linville Gorge west rim
    -Craggy Gardens and Craggy Pinnacle on BRP
    -Pinnacle on BRP (one of my personal favorites)
    -Bearwallow Mt in Hickory Nut Gorge
    -Chimney Rock State Park
    **Appalachian Trail through the Roan Highlands
    -Appalachian Trail to Big Bald
    **Appalachian Trail over Max Patch
    -Sam Knob in Pisgah (beside Devils Courthouse and Black Balsam, you might have been there)
    -Cold Mt/The Narrows/Shining Rock in Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah (not as good as Black Balsam view just south but this 16 mile loop is a dream for big day hikers)
    -Big Green and Little Green Mtns in Panthertown Valley, Nantahala
    -The Hangover in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Nantahala
    -Wesser Bald lookout tower in Nantahala
    **Shuckstack lookout tower in GSMNP
    -Gregory Bald in GSMNP
    -Rocky Top in GSMNP
    **Mt LeConte via Alum Cave or Boulevard Trails in GSMNP
    -Charlies Bunion and The Jumpoff in GSMNP
    -Mt Cammerer lookout tower in GSMNP
    **Hemphill Bald/Cataloochee Divide in GSMNP

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