Black Mountains Overlook, Milepost 342.0 of Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Appalachians, North Carolina, USA.
Black Mountains Overlook, elevation 3892 feet, on Milepost 342.0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA. The Black Mountains are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. Located in western North Carolina, mostly within Pisgah National Forest, the Blacks are part of the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The range takes its name from the dark appearance of the Red Spruce and Fraser Fir trees on the upper slopes which contrasts with the brown (during winter) or lighter green (during the growing season) appearance of the deciduous trees at lower elevations. The Eastern Continental Divide, which runs along the eastern Blue Ridge crest, intersects the southern tip of the Black Mountain range. Mount Mitchell State Park protects the range's highest summit (6,684 feet or 2,037 meters). The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range's southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina State Route 128. The Black Mountains are mostly located in Yancey County, although the range's southern and western extremes are part of Buncombe County. Panorama stitched from 5 overlapping photos.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download