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“B” is for Blue Ridge

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  “B” is for Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge in South Carolina forms the smallest of the state’s geological provinces. There are commonly two understandings of the Blue Ridge. The first is the geologic Blue Ridge, which is found only in Oconee County, bounded on the west by the Chatooga River, and on the east by the Brevard Fault. The second is the geographic Blue Ridge located in Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville Counties and contains some of the most scenic highlands and mountains in the state. It includes both the Blue Ridge Mountains and inner Piedmont mountains such as Table Rock, Pinnacle, and the highest mountain in the state, Sassafras. The geologic Blue Ridge refers to the rocks of the region and their histories and the geographic Blue Ridge refers to the shape of the land.