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Southern Blue Ridge Front

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointGrandfather Mountain (5946 ft/1812 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNorth Carolina (35%), Georgia (28%), Virginia (21%), South Carolina (8%), Tennessee (8%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area12,428 sq mi / 32,188 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent211 mi / 340 km North-South
302 mi / 485 km East-West
Center Lat/Long35° 46' N; 82° 8' W
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South of Roanoke, Virginia, the Blue Ridge is no longer a solitary mountain ridge, but the "front range" of the entire Blue Ridge Complex of mountains, which reaches back west all the way to the Smokies. Like the Northern Blue Ridge, the Southern falls off steeply to the hilly Piedmont to the southeast. But to the northwest it no longer drops off to a wide valley; instead it connects to many high ranges that cover all of western North Carolina.

Map of Southern Blue Ridge Front
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Southern Blue Ridge Front.
Blue Ridge MountainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Blue RidgeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Blue Ridge FrontLevel 4
                 South Virginia Blue RidgeLevel 5 (Child)
                 N NC Blue Ridge CrestLevel 5 (Child)
                 South NC Blue Ridge CrestLevel 5 (Child)
                 Georgia Blue RidgeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Unicoi MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
         Great Smoky MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Western Blue Ridge RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Blue Ridge RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Southern Blue Ridge Front

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Grandfather Mountain59461812N NC Blue Ridge Crest
2.The Pinnacle56651727N NC Blue Ridge Crest
3.Huckleberry Knob5560+1695+Unicoi Mountains
4.Standing Indian54991676Georgia Blue Ridge
5.Big Junction East5480+1670+Unicoi Mountains
6.Haw Knob54721668Unicoi Mountains
7.Hooper Bald54291655Unicoi Mountains
8.Bald Knob5400+1646+N NC Blue Ridge Crest
9.Big Junction5360+1634+Unicoi Mountains
10.Graybeard Mountain5360+1634+N NC Blue Ridge Crest
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Grandfather Mountain59461812N NC Blue Ridge Crest
2.Huckleberry Knob5560+1695+Unicoi Mountains
3.Standing Indian54991676Georgia Blue Ridge
4.Yellow Mountain51271563South NC Blue Ridge Crest
5.Buffalo Mountain39711210South Virginia Blue Ridge



Photos of Peaks in the Southern Blue Ridge Front

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain features a swaying suspension bridge as part of its many attractions (1991-10-26).
Brasstown Bald
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Georgia state high point tower at Brasstown Bald (2006-12-13). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Brasstown Wilderness High Point
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Georgia state high point tower at Brasstown Bald (2006-12-13). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Rabun Bald
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Excellent view from Rabun Bald fire tower (2014-05-24). Photo by Jared Salzmann.
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Slaughter Mountain
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View of Blood Mountain from Slaughter Mountain (2014-05-03). Photo by Jared Salzmann.
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Big Cedar Mountain
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View from a vista to the east of the peak (2014-03-22). Photo by Jared Salzmann.
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Ball Mountain
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View from overlook near Ball Mountain (2014-04-06). Photo by Jared Salzmann.
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Sassafras Mountain
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area surrounding the South Carolina state highpoint (2005-10-21). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Stone Mountain
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Nice view of Stone Mountain NC from the trails (2013-11-25). Photo by Karen Musser.
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