Have you ever taken a Blue Ridge Mountain trail that’s felt as old as time itself? Perhaps that’s because those particular peaks really are ancient. In fact, by some estimates, the Blue Ridge Mountains are nearly one billion years in age. That makes them among the oldest mountains in the world. And the most fascinating part of all? Some scientists believe that at one time, they were as tall as the Himalayas! Here’s more on the fascinating and lengthy history of our majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
It’s one of the most familiar and inspiring scenes in Virginia: the subtle blues and greens of our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. This segment of the Appalachian Mountains is famous for its soft blue hues.
To walk among these mountains is to experience one of the oldest things on the planet. Scientists believe that the Blue Ridge Mountains were created approximately 1.1 billion years ago due to the uplifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates.
Perhaps what’s most impressive of all is that when these mountains emerged, they were among the very tallest in the world!
Today, these mountains are known for being quite modest when compared to the Rockies and Himalayas. That’s the result of millions upon millions of years of erosion.
But if you had existed one billion years ago to see the Blue Ridge Mountains, they might have looked something like this!
While these mountains may no longer be giants, we can’t help but find them to be positively staggering – even a bit magical.
So the next time you find yourself on a Blue Ridge Mountain hike, consider just how long these peaks have existed and marvel at the experience of being connected to something so timeless.
Did you know that the Blue Ridge Mountains were among the oldest mountains in the world? We’re pretty impressed! For related content, check out these beautiful destinations where you can get your mountain fix in Virginia.
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