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Southern Appalachian Ridges

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointBalsam Beartown Mountain (4710 ft/1436 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesAlabama (35%), Georgia (25%), Tennessee (25%), Virginia (15%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area20,209 sq mi / 52,340 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent350 mi / 563 km North-South
341 mi / 548 km East-West
Center Lat/Long34° 51' N; 84° 57' W
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Map of Southern 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 Southern Appalachian Ridges.
Appalachian RidgesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4
                 Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Walker Mountain ComplexLevel 5 (Child)
                 Clinch Mountain ComplexLevel 5 (Child)
                 Powell Mountain-Wallen RidgeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Far South Appalachian RidgesLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Southern Appalachian Ridges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Balsam Beartown Mountain47101436Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
2.Beartown Mountain46891429Clinch Mountain Complex
3.Redoak Ridge4560+1390+Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
4.Flattop Mountain45281380Clinch Mountain Complex
5.Hutchinson Rock4480+1366+Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
6.Morris Knob4440+1353+Clinch Mountain Complex
7.Chestnut Ridge44091344Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
8.Redrock Mountain4400+1341+Clinch Mountain Complex
9.South Balsam Beartown4380+1335+Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
10.East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West4360+1329+Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
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.Balsam Beartown Mountain47101436Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
2.Beartown Mountain46891429Clinch Mountain Complex
3.Walker Mountain40171224Walker Mountain Complex
4.Buzzard Roost3192973Powell Mountain-Wallen Ridge
5.Cheaha Mountain2405733Far South Appalachian Ridges



Photos of Peaks in the Southern 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). Photo by Pat Wymore.
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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 Knob AT shelter (2020-10-25). 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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Brushy Benchmark
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Brushy Benchmark (2020-09-01). Photo by John Kriz.
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Cheaha Mountain

The summit house and tower atop Cheaha Mountain (1989-04-20).
Bald Rock
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Sunset from Bald Rock AL (2008-01-12). Photo by David Ensley.
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Bristol City High Point
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Bristol VA City GIS. Notice the parking pulloff on the west side of Harleywood Road in the bottom left corner of this shot. Look closely and use your imagination and you can see the old trail that heads E/SE from the TH to the power-line RoW. (2020-07-25). Photo by Tom Layton.
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House Mountain
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view from the north side of House Mountain near the Knox county high point (2011-03-16). Photo by Tom Owen.
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