The North Carolina Appalachian Mountain Essay

1364 Words Dec 10th, 2016 6 Pages
From bluegrass, folk and Native American music in the mountains, to beach music on the coast, North Carolina is a state that has an extensive variety of traditional music. The main research focus is on the historic, geographic and musical aspects of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Trail passes through western North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountain range. Throughout the section of Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, there have been “trails” made, one highlighting the music of that region, and another, the heritage. The heritage sites not only represent the history of living but also the music history. The people and traditional music of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountain is a great influence to the music made in that region in today’s time.

The idea of the Appalachian Trail began in 1921 when Benton MacKaye went public with his proposal for the trail (“Appalachian Trail Conservancy – History”). Completed in 1937, the 2,200-mile-long trail went from Maine to Georgia, passing through 14 states. In 1968 the trail was declared to be under federal protection, so that during times of war or extreme weather the trail wouldn’t completely fall apart (“Appalachian Trail Conservancy – History”). Since 1937, 99% of the trail has been relocated or rebuilt (Davis, 21” Appalachian Trail Statistic”). North Carolina is home to roughly 90 miles of the trail, but 200 miles of the trail are also along the border of…

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