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Blue Ridge Mountains Mt. Mitchell#

Blue Ridge Mountains Mt. Mitchell
Blue Ridge Mountains Mt. Mitchell, June 2013, © Ewald Judt

Mount Mitchell 35.764682,-82.265482,20 is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountain. It is located about 19 miles (31 km) northeast of Asheville. Protected by Mount Mitchell State park and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest is rises 6,684 ft (2,037 m) above sea level. The peak is the highest mountain in the United States east of the Mississippi River and the highest in all of eastern North American south of the Arctic Cordillera 81.908333,-75.0271887,17 . The mountain was named after Elisha Mitchell who first explored the Black Mountain region in 1835.