Blue Ridge Mountains on the Horizon

Blue Ridge Escarpment from South Carolina

Approaching the Blue Ridge Mountains from the South Carolina “Upstate” region is always a memorable sight. That’s Interstate 26 in the foreground. Storms were moving over the ridges.

Weeds along Interstate 26

Even the weeds are more vibrant as you get closer to the mountains.

Storm along the Blue Ridge Escarpment

This is the wettest part of the mountains, with Gulf moisture from the south condensing into rain as it hits the upslope of the escarpment.

Rain along the Blue Ridge Escarpment

Tryon Mountain from US Highway 74

The view of Tryon Mountain from US Highway 74 in North Carolina takes me back to the first time I saw the mountains from the Piedmont Plateau. Amazingly, I saw NO billboards anywhere along this stretch of US 74. Europe forbids billboards along most roadways. America should take a lesson about an unspoiled panorama.

Below is a one minute video made from the same Pea Ridge Road overpass that can really give you a sense of grandeur as you transition from the rolling hills into the land of giants. Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are just a few miles north of this view.

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