The Northern Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee

A farmer plants black burley tobacco seedlings. NR. Location: NC, Yancey County, Mayland Valley, Bald Creek Area, Possum Trot Community. [ref. to #232.433]
A farmer plants black burley tobacco seedlings. NR. Location: NC, Yancey County, Mayland Valley, Bald Creek Area, Possum Trot Community. [ref. to #232.433]

The Northern Mountains

The Blue Ridge extends northward from Asheville without loosing any of its height or impressiveness, covering 4200 square miles with stony ridges and deep valleys, and overlapping far into Tennessee.

What it looses is tourists. Apart from the elegant resort village of Blowing Rock and the ski resorts near Boone, this region is off the travel industry's radar scope. Instead, it's a place where mountain folk make their living, raising steer and growing black burley pipe tobacco (which they cure outdoors, tied onto sticks), working in small, clean mills, or holding down jobs in the county seat. It's what the rest of the mountains might have looked like if the tourist boom had never happened.

It's beautiful.

The Lost Provinces — The Northernmost Mountains

The Glendale Springs Frescoes; Last Supper fresco over altar. Location: NC, Ashe County, The Blue Ridge Area, Glendale Springs, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (frescoes). [ref. to #235.091]
The Glendale Springs Frescoes; Last Supper fresco over altar. Location: NC, Ashe County, The Blue Ridge Area, Glendale Springs, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (frescoes). [ref. to #235.091]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park, Brinegar Cabin. Front view, in dusk light. Location: NC, Wilkes County. [ref. to #226.058]
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park, Brinegar Cabin. Front view, in dusk light. Location: NC, Wilkes County. [ref. to #226.058]

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The Blue Ridge Parkway at Grandfather Mountain

Split rail fences cut through the meadows lined by forests in fall colors. Location: NC, Avery County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville River Picnic Area, MP 317, Linville River Meadows. [ref. to #237.679]
Split rail fences cut through the meadows lined by forests in fall colors. Location: NC, Avery County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville River Picnic Area, MP 317, Linville River Meadows. [ref. to #237.679]
Sunrise viewed from The Blue Ridge; farmhouse and apple orchard (winter) in frgd. Location: NC, McDowell County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Altapass Orchards (MP 329). [ref. to #232.005]
Sunrise viewed from The Blue Ridge; farmhouse and apple orchard (winter) in frgd. Location: NC, McDowell County, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Altapass Orchards (MP 329). [ref. to #232.005]

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The Boone and Banner Elk Area

Elk River, above falls; man fly fishing. NR. Location: NC, Avery County, Pisgah National Forest, The Elk River Area, Elk River Falls. [ref. to #232.459]
Elk River, above falls; man fly fishing. NR. Location: NC, Avery County, Pisgah National Forest, The Elk River Area, Elk River Falls. [ref. to #232.459]
Window display of toy marbles, for purchase by the pound. PROPERTY RELEASED. Location: NC, Watauga County, Boone Area, Valle Crucis, Mast General Store. [ref. to #237.144]
Window display of toy marbles, for purchase by the pound. PROPERTY RELEASED. Location: NC, Watauga County, Boone Area, Valle Crucis, Mast General Store. [ref. to #237.144]

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The Mayland Valley

The Appalachian Trail crosses a wood rail fence in snow. Location: NC, Mitchell County, Pisgah National Forest, Roan Mountain Area, Carvers Gap. [ref. to #222.185]
The Appalachian Trail crosses a wood rail fence in snow. Location: NC, Mitchell County, Pisgah National Forest, Roan Mountain Area, Carvers Gap. [ref. to #222.185]
A farmer plants black burley tobacco seedlings. NR. Location: NC, Yancey County, Mayland Valley, Bald Creek Area, Possum Trot Community. [ref. to #232.433]
A farmer plants black burley tobacco seedlings. NR. Location: NC, Yancey County, Mayland Valley, Bald Creek Area, Possum Trot Community. [ref. to #232.433]


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Northeast Tennessee

TN: The Northern Mountains Region, Carter County, Watauga River Area, Elizabethton, Doe River Covered Bridge (1887), Afternoon view in early spring; weir in frgd; man fishing from weir. NR [Ask for #252.028.]
TN: The Northern Mountains Region, Carter County, Watauga River Area, Elizabethton, Doe River Covered Bridge (1887), Afternoon view in early spring; weir in frgd; man fishing from weir. NR [Ask for #252.028.]
TN: The Northern Mountains Region, Carter County, Cherokee National Forest, Holston Mountain, Holston High Knob, View [Ask for #261.113.]
TN: The Northern Mountains Region, Carter County, Cherokee National Forest, Holston Mountain, Holston High Knob, View [Ask for #261.113.]

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Catawba Valley

North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Burke County, The South Mountains, South Mountain State Park, Waterfall on Jacob Fork from High Shoals Falls Trail [Ask for #216.068.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Burke County, The South Mountains, South Mountain State Park, Waterfall on Jacob Fork from High Shoals Falls Trail [Ask for #216.068.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Burke County, The Blue Ridge Mountains, Brown Mountain Area, Steel Creek Valley, Tree nursery in full spring blooms, in Steel Creek Valley beneath Brown Mountain; rows of redbud and dogwood trees covered in flowers. [Ask for #238.141.]
North Carolina: Northern Mountains Region, Burke County, The Blue Ridge Mountains, Brown Mountain Area, Steel Creek Valley, Tree nursery in full spring blooms, in Steel Creek Valley beneath Brown Mountain; rows of redbud and dogwood trees covered in flowers. [Ask for #238.141.]

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Clickable Map of the Northern Mountains

Clickable map of North Carolina's Northern Mountains North Carolina's Upper Catawba Valley, with Linville Gorge, Morganton, Lake James, and the South Mountains North East Tennessee, with Elizabethton and Cherokee National Forest Mayland Valley in North Carolina, with Burnsville and Spruce Pine Boone and Banner Elk, NC The Blue Ridge Parkway at Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, and Spruce Pine The Blue Ridge Parkway in Northern North Carolina
Map created using DeLorme XMap 4.5®, ©2004 DeLorme XMap® (www.deLorme.com)
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