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Appalachian Ridges

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointBalsam Beartown Mountain (4710 ft/1436 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesPennsylvania (23%), Virginia (21%), Alabama (18%), Georgia (13%), Tennessee (13%), West Virginia (9%), New York (1%), Maryland (1%), New Jersey (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area40,110 sq mi / 103,884 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent665 mi / 1,070 km North-South
693 mi / 1,115 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 8' N; 80° 29' W
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Map of Appalachian Ridges
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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 Appalachian Ridges.
Appalachian MountainsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Canadian AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northern U.S. AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Appalachian PlateausLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Appalachian RidgesLevel 3
                 Northern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Central Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Southern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Child)
         Blue Ridge MountainsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Piedmont-Southeast CoastLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Appalachian Ridges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Balsam Beartown Mountain47101436Southern Appalachian Ridges
2.Beartown Mountain46891429Southern Appalachian Ridges
3.Elleber Knob45951401Central Appalachian Ridges
4.Kile Knob45881398Central Appalachian Ridges
5.Watering Pond Knob4560+1390+Central Appalachian Ridges
6.Redoak Ridge4560+1390+Southern Appalachian Ridges
7.Little Ridge45461386Central Appalachian Ridges
8.Flattop Mountain45281380Southern Appalachian Ridges
9.Panther Knob45081374Central Appalachian Ridges
10.Snowy Mountain45051373Central Appalachian Ridges
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 NameftmRange4
1.Balsam Beartown Mountain47101436Southern Appalachian Ridges
2.Elleber Knob45951401Central Appalachian Ridges
3.Martin Hill2775846Northern Appalachian Ridges



Photos of Peaks in the Appalachian Ridges

Balsam Beartown Mountain
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Very close to the top. USFS sign swallowed by tree (2020-10-25). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Beartown Mountain
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The northern ramparts of Beartown Mtn (2018-10-17).
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Elleber Knob
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On top of the range (2019-10-21).
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Elliott Knob
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Elliott Knob - Augusta VA CoHP (2020-12-13). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Morris Knob
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View west to east on VA91 of Morris Knob (2021-04-04). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Chestnut Ridge
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Chestnut Ridge AT shelter and Benchmark (2020-10-25). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Reddish Knob
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View from the top of Reddish Knob looking south(ish) (2018-04-26). Photo by H Yless.
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East River Mountain - Chimney Rock West
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East River Mnt-Chimney Rock West high point at 4360ft (2022-05-14). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Chimney Rock Peak
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Chimney Peak (middle) and Knob Mountain-Chimney Rock (left) looking NW as seen from VA16 (2022-02-20). Photo by Steven Fishback.
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Middle Knob
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1933 fire tower and ruins at summit of Middle Knob (2013-12-21). Photo by Bryan Marchant.
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