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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.East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West4360+1329+Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area
10.Brushy Mountain4320+1317+Clinch Mountain Complex
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 Ridge AT shelter and Benchmark (2020-10-25). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West
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East River Mnt-Chimney Rock West high point at 4360ft (2022-05-14). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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Chimney Rock Peak
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Chimney Peak (middle) and Knob Mountain-Chimney Rock (left) looking NW as seen from VA16 (2022-02-20). 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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Ghost Knob
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Burkes Garden's Ghost Knob at 4080feeet seen from Bald Knob/Hutchison Rock (2022-02-20). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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Chimneytop-Southwest Peak
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Hawkins Co highpoint at 3118 feet (2021-06-27). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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Brushy Benchmark
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Brushy Benchmark (2020-09-01). Photo by John Kriz.
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