Running along the western border of the state, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina have beckoned explorers, settlers, and tourists for generations. Within the ridges and valleys of these mountains, spectacular natural features abound, such as Blowing Rock, Looking Glass Falls, and Linville Gorge. Here, the highest mountain peak in North Carolina, Mount Mitchell, rises to an astonishing 6,684 feet. Recreationally, these mountains boast massive tourist appeal; visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, or explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This title showcases the natural beauty of the unique mountain range and the numerous mountain communities that many call home.