Blue Ridge Mountains is a segment of the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. This mountain range is 5 to 65 miles wide, with average elevations of 2,000 to 4,000 feet. These mountains go across the eastern United States. It was created by the uplifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates 1.1 billion to 250 million years ago.
This mountain range was incorporated in 1887 by Colonel Michael McKinney. Early industries in this area were timber, agriculture, mining and moonshine. This region has been dissected by many small streams, and three major rivers have cut gaps through the ridge.
Quick Facts: –
- Mount Mitchell is the tallest peak of the Blue Ridge Mountain range with an elevation of 6,684 feet.
- Other notable Blue Ridge peaks are Mount Rogers, Sassafras Mountain, Brasstown Bald and Grandfather Mountain.
- In this mountain range, more than 700 different varieties of trees and plants have been found.
- Blue Ridge Mountains are divided into Northern and Southern sections by the Roanoke River Gap.
- There is a 3,290 acre Lake Blue Ridge which was created by the Toccoa Electric Power Company in 1930.
- This lake has a shoreline of 65 acres ad 80% of that is national forest.
- Peaks with higher elevations get more than eighty inches of rain annually, on an average.
- Most of the mountains in this range are part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. It covers an area of 750,000-acres.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway links the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mts. national parks. It is designed especially for motor recreation.