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The 5 geographical regions of Virginia

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 3


I am a native of Virginia and I can tell you, our state is full of beauty. We have everything from coastal plains and swamps to the rocky Blue Ridge Mountains, and beyond to the Appalachian Mountains. The five regions of Virginia are the: Coastal Plain/Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley & Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau.

The coastal plain stretches along the entire coast, which borders the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay seperates the western banks of the Chesapeake from Virginia's Eastern Shore. Many of Virginia's rivers empty into the Chesapeake Bay, including the Potomac and James Rivers. This is one of the many reasons why it is called the Tidewater region. Not only do many of the great rivers of Virginia empty into this region, but there are many swamps, like the Great Dismal Swamp.

The Piedmont region is the region that lies between the fall line and the Blue Ridge mountains. The fall line marks the eastern border between the Tidewater and Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains begins a new region to the west. The Piedmont is rocky, hilly, region. There is an abundance of clay, foothills, and mainly farms.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the Appalachian Mountains. Other states in the Appalachian Mountain Chain have named sub-regions of these mountains with special names, such as the Smoky Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains is the name Virginians gave to the sub-division of the Appalachian Mountains in our state. The highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Mount Rogers, 5,729 feet.

The Ridge and Valley region is west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This region is also, very rocky. There is an abundance of mountains, and valleys. This region includes the Great Appalachian Valley. The region is carbonate rock based. Finally, the last region of Virginia is the Appalachian Plateau. This is in the south-west of Virginia. It includes the cumberland Mountains and is a drainage region for the Ohio River.

Virginia is a land of beauty. From the Dismal Swamp and Coastlines of Virginia to the rocky mountain caves of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you haven't visited our great state, your missing out! I hope you enjoyed the article.



Nov 12, 2010 9:32am
Great article! I remembering learning about this is elementary school (very long time ago) and haven;t heard of this since. I was born in Boston, but Lived in northern VA (NOVA) almost all my life and I love it. Could do without all the traffic and all the new houses constantly being built on former farm land, but its just to compensate for all of the jobs available in D.C. and the cities just outside of D.C.

Another reason I love Virginia is its great history that helped shape the nation to become what it is today (even if we were in the confederacy). Did you know our slogan "Virginia is for lovers" originally read "Virginia is for HISTORY lovers" and I love history, especially American history.
Feb 7, 2011 2:31pm
yeah I am a Virginian, but born in central VA, near Richmond. I love the state, so I thought I would put an article up about the five regions. Thank you for your comment
Jun 8, 2011 6:44am
I lived in Lynchburg for a year when I was younger.
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