Central Appalachian Ridges

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointElleber Knob (4595 ft/1401 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesVirginia (60%), West Virginia (40%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area9,280 sq mi / 24,035 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent177 mi / 284 km North-South
161 mi / 259 km East-West
Center Lat/Long38° 24' N; 79° 20' W
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Map of Central 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 Central Appalachian Ridges.
Appalachian RidgesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Appalachian RidgesLevel 4
                 North Central Appalachian RidgesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Virginia Appalachian RidgesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Shenandoah MountainLevel 5 (Child)
                 Masanutten MountainLevel 5 (Child)
                 Allegheny Mountain RidgeLevel 5 (Child)
                 North Mountain AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 South-Central Appalachian RidgesLevel 5 (Child)
         Southern Appalachian RidgesLevel 4 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Central Appalachian Ridges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Elleber Knob45951401Allegheny Mountain Ridge
2.Kile Knob45881398Central Virginia Appalachian Ridges
3.Watering Pond Knob4560+1390+Allegheny Mountain Ridge
4.Little Ridge45461386Allegheny Mountain Ridge
5.Panther Knob45081374Central Virginia Appalachian Ridges
6.Snowy Mountain45051373Central Virginia Appalachian Ridges
7.Bald Knob4480+1366+Allegheny Mountain Ridge
8.Bare Mountain4480+1366+Allegheny Mountain Ridge
9.Paddy Knob44771365Allegheny Mountain Ridge
10.Elliott Knob44631360North 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.Elleber Knob45951401Allegheny Mountain Ridge
2.Kile Knob45881398Central Virginia Appalachian Ridges
3.Elliott Knob44631360North Mountain Area
4.Reddish Knob43971340Shenandoah Mountain
5.Bald Knob43611329South-Central Appalachian Ridges
6.Bears Hell33271014North Central Appalachian Ridges
7.Lairds Knob32821000Masanutten Mountain

Photos of Peaks in the Central Appalachian Ridges

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BM on top of the Pinnacle (2015-04-20). Photo by Wayne Snyder.
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Seneca Rocks

The knife-blade of Seneca Rocks offers some of the best rock climbing in the central Appalachians (1984-06-02).
Third Hill Mountain
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... at summit, Shanghai Beacon Tower (2015-05-07). Photo by Jean André Laverdure.
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