Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains, located in Eastern North America, extend 1600 north-south miles from Quebec to Georgia. The Appalachians are a system of long ridges divided into several ranges, averaging 3,000 feet, and rising to Mt. Mitchell (6,684 ft.) in the south and Mt. Washington (6,288 ft.) in the north. Much cultivation and urbanization has occurred in the Appalachians, but there are still many remote areas. The most popular attraction for mountain hiking enthusiasts is the Appalachian Trail, a 2,100-mile hiking trail that winds through forested mountains from Springer Mountain in Northern Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine. This trek crosses portions of fourteen states, and generally takes five to six months to complete. Some of the major Appalachian ranges, from north to south, include the Notre Dame Mountains of Quebec, the Longfellow Mountains of Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Taconic Mountains of Vermont and Massachusetts, the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, the Allegheny Mountains which extend from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Mountains which extend from southern Pennsylvania to North Georgia. Of these ranges, the Blue Ridge Mountains are the easternmost and highest range, and are protected in part by two national parks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee/North Carolina), and Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), as well as many national and state forests.

Peaks of Appalachian Mountains

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