Natural Heritage

The Natural Heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

An ancient mountain landscape, varied topography, and a temperate climate have given rise to a wonderland of natural heritage in Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains have been a place of inspiration for Native Americans, artists, musicians, writers, doctors, entrepreneurs and many others throughout history.  As a part of Appalchian history, the rich biodiversity makes the forests, rivers, plants, and wildlife here unique in many ways. It is the reason many people visit the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC and never leave.  The natural beauty and heritage in the area make the NC mountains unforgettable for visitors and residents alike.


In the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area you will find the following natural heritage sites:


Listen to some interesting stories about our Natural Heritage in our Sights & Sounds Gallery.  Just click on
the links below:

Biodiversity in Western North Carolina

Catawba River Headwaters Conservation

Great Fishing in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

How Mount Mitchell Got Its Name

Legend of the Blowing Rock

Linville Gorge

Mineral Wealth of Western North Carolina

North Carolina Gold Rush

Scenic Byways Wind Through North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

Whitewater Fun in the Blue Ridge

WNC Fly Fishing Trail