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Central Blue Ridge Ranges

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointMount Mitchell (6684 ft/2037 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNorth Carolina (94%), Tennessee (6%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area2,678 sq mi / 6,936 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent69 mi / 111 km North-South
104 mi / 167 km East-West
Center Lat/Long35° 31' N; 83° 6' W
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Map of Central Blue Ridge Ranges
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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 Central Blue Ridge Ranges.
Blue Ridge MountainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Blue RidgeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Blue Ridge FrontLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Great Smoky MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Western Blue Ridge RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Blue Ridge RangesLevel 4
                 Black MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Great Craggy MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Newfound Mountain RegionLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plott BalsamsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Great Balsam MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cowee MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cheoah MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Nantahala MountainsLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Central Blue Ridge Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Mount Mitchell66842037Black Mountains
2.Mount Craig66472026Black Mountains
3.Balsam Cone6600+2012+Black Mountains
4.Cattail Peak6600+2012+Black Mountains
5.Big Tom6560+1999+Black Mountains
6.Clingmans Peak6520+1987+Black Mountains
7.Mount Gibbes6520+1987+Black Mountains
8.Potato Hill64751974Black Mountains
9.Richland Balsam64101954Great Balsam Mountains
10.Potato Knob6400+1951+Black Mountains
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.Mount Mitchell66842037Black Mountains
2.Richland Balsam64101954Great Balsam Mountains
3.Waterrock Knob62921918Plott Balsams
4.Craggy Dome6080+1853+Great Craggy Mountains
5.Wine Spring Bald5440+1658+Nantahala Mountains
6.Crabtree Bald5320+1622+Newfound Mountain Region
7.Cheoah Bald50621543Cheoah Mountains
8.Cowee Bald49441507Cowee Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Central Blue Ridge Ranges

Mount Mitchell

A very misty day on the highest peak in the Eastern United States, Mount Mitchell (1984-08-18).
Mount Craig
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The Black Mountain crest between Mount Mitchell and Deep Gap. Photo by Todd Grey (2007-02).
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Cattail Peak
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Mt Craig and the Black Mountain Crest from Mt Mitchell (2014-05-20). Photo by Rian Laub.
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Balsam Cone
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Balsam Cone is the peak just to the left of the blow down which is on top of Big Tom. (2013-04-23). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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Big Tom
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Plaque on top of Big Tom (2012-10-14). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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Celo Knob
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view from summit of Celo Knob (2014-05-17). Photo by Marcus Lostracco.
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Waterrock Knob
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Looking out from Waterrock Knob (2013-10-27). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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Craggy Dome
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Craggy Dome from Craggy Pinnacle summit (2013-10-21). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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Shining Rock
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Still one of my all-time favorite vistas (2014-03-15). Photo by Seamus Allman.
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Big Butt
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View just below Big Butt summit. (2014-05-10). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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