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The Appalachian Mountains are a system of mountains in eastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period. They once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before experiencing natural erosion.

The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east–west travel, as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to most highways and railroads running east–west.

Cumberland Mountains
High Lonesome Trails – This site features hiking, biking, and other trail destinations in the Cumberland Mountains region and surrounding areas of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and Eastern Kentucky. Borrowing its name from the “high lonesome sound” of the bluegrass music borne out of the Cumberlands, this site aims to feature hiking destinations that have largely been overshadowed by the more popular and well-traveled trails of the Blue Ridge to the east.

Appalachian Mountains
Lost River (Cacapon_River_tributary)


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