Blue Mountain (Pennsylvania)

Blue Mountain (Pennsylvania)

Blue Mountain (Pennsylvania)

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Blue Mountain is a ridge that forms the eastern edge of the Appalachian mountain range in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It cuts across the eastern half of the state from New Jersey to Maryland, providing a distinct boundary between a number of Pennsylvania's geographical and cultural regions. To its northwest side are the southern and central mountains and valleys, the "coal region," and the Poconos. To its southeast side are the Cumberland Valley, the "capital region," Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and the Lehigh Valley.


The ridge of Blue Mountain runs for through Pennsylvania, reaching an elevation of above sea level just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near the borough of Newburg. Most of the ridgecrest, however, only reaches between and in elevation. The mountain's width varies from to .

The southwestern end of the mountain is at Big Gap, west of Shippensburg. (The mountain ridge continues to the southwest towards Maryland under the name of Broad Mountain.) The northeastern end of the mountain is at the Delaware Water Gap on the New Jersey border. Mount Minsi, forms the promontory overlooking the Delaware River. The ridge of Blue Mountain continues northeast into New Jersey as the Kittatinny Mountains.U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000-scale and 1:250,000-scale topographic map series

Blue Mountain marks the boundary between the Great Appalachian Valley and the main Ridge-and-valley......
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