While in Tazewell, don’t forget to visit The Ridge and Valley Appalachians which are spectacular. The town of Tazewell, Tn is situated at the edge of these Mountainous Hilltops called The Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, also called the Ridge and Valley Province which are a physio-graphic province of the larger Appalachian division and are also a belt within the Appalachian Mountains extending from northern New Jersey westward into Pennsylvania and southward into Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama. They form a broad arc between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Plateau physio-graphic province (the Allegheny and Cumberland Plateaus).
These mountains are characterized by long, even ridges, with long, continuous valleys in between. From a great enough altitude, they look almost like corduroy, except that the widths of the valleys are somewhat variable and ridges sometimes meet in a “V”.
The two great mountain ranges constituting the middle portion of the Ridge and Valley Province are the Alleghenies and the Cumberland’s.
The eastern edge of the Ridge and Valley region is marked by the Great Appalachian Valley, which lies just west of the Blue Ridge. The western side of the Ridge and Valley region is marked by steep escarpments such as the Allegheny Front, the Cumberland Mountains, and Walden Ridge. These mountain ridges are also view-able from Bristol, Tn.