For some, the mountains – the grand geological shifts of ancient continents – are just another attraction. Beautiful? Yes. Breathtaking? No doubt. But for others, these mountains – the Southern Appalachian Mountain range, in particular – breathe with unworldly passion.
This isn’t merely Mother Nature’s happenstance – a random, evolutionary display of art blanketed across hundreds of miles of landscapes in the Carolinas, in Tennessee and Kentucky, in Virginia and in northern Georgia.
This is majesty, rich in millennia of history and touched with divinity’s splendor. The Southern Appalachian Mountain range offers an opportunity – wild and wonderful – to explore eternity’s brutal art.
As a guest at The Park on Main, a luxury boutique hotel nestled providentially in the metaphorical lap of this visual symphony, you can experience the mountains for yourself. You can sample the landscape; you can embrace the proud art that rises far above human grasp.
In Highlands, North Carolina. On Main Street. This small town of art, culture and soft sophistication against the broad mountainous backdrop.
The Nature Conservancy paints a magnificent literary picture of this range: towering peaks and raging waterfalls, in unison, create specialized animal habitats and distinctly unique natural communities. The Southern Appalachian Mountains proffer wondrous extremes: the New River (the oldest in North America) and Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Rockies).
While humans come to explore and witness this brilliant, zestful splash, the Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to a very wide range of wildlife, including bog turtles, black bears, peregrine falcons, ruffled grouse, endangered bats, rare salamanders and migrating songbirds, according to The Nature Conservancy.
The Blue Ridge province and portions of four other physiological provinces make up the Southern Appalachian Mountains, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Blue Ridge area is surrounded by the Unaka Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains to the northwest and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the southeast.
The Appalachian Mountains form a natural barrier between the Coastal Plain and the interior lowlands, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The mountains are divided into three regions: northern, central and southern Appalachia.
Archeologists theorize that earthen plate collusions that created the supercontinent Pangaea formed the Appalachians 680 million years ago. The Appalachians were part of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria at that time. Steady erosion leveled the mountains 65 million years ago but the continental shifts of the Cenozoic Era once again lifted the landscape and rejuvenated streams and rivers. This era concluded 23 million years ago.
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