The Black Mountains are a mountain range in western North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. They are part of the Blue Ridge Province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Black Mountains are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. The range takes its name from the dark appearance of the red spruce and Fraser fir trees that form a spruce-fir forest on the upper slopes which contrasts with the brown (during winter) or lighter green (during the growing season) appearance of the deciduous trees at lower elevations. The Eastern Continental Divide, which runs along the eastern Blue Ridge crest, intersects the southern tip of the Black Mountain range.
The Black Mountains are home to Mount Mitchell State Park, which protects the range's highest summit and adjacent summits in the north-central section of the range. Much of the range is also protected by the Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes along the range's southern section, and is connected to the summit of Mount Mitchell by North Carolina Highway 128. The Black Mountains are mostly located in Yancey County, although the range's southern and western extremes are part of Buncombe County.
There's a trail called Mt Mitchell Radio Station Road leading to the summit.
By elevation Clingmans Peak is
# 10 out of 3424 in North Carolina # 7 out of 154 in Yancey County # 5 out of 497 in Pisgah National Forest # 12 out of 39823 in the Appalachian Mountains # 7 out of 46 in the Black Mountains (North Carolina) # 12 out of 6326 in the Blue Ridge Mountains
By prominence Clingmans Peak is
# 25 out of 46 in the Black Mountains (North Carolina)
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