The Blue Ridge Mountains are in Virginia and are part of the Appalachian system of mountains in the eastern part of North America. The Blue Ridge Mountains rise in southern Pennsylvania and continue southward beyond the Potomac River. The highest peak in the Virginia Blue Ridge is Hawksbill Mountain at 4,066 feet. Other summits include, Stony Man, Peaks of Otter and Mary's Rock.
The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail that extends from Maine to Georgia and covers a major part of the Appalachian system. The Appalachian Mountains contain deposits of anthracite coal and bituminous coal. Bituminous coal fields are found in southwestern Virginia and other neighboring states. The trees in the Appalachian system are primarily broad-leaf deciduous trees and evergreen needle-leaf conifers.
The mountains are also home to the American Holly, which is a broad-leaf evergreen and the Eastern Larch, which is a deciduous needle-leaf conifer. The central Appalachian region, where the Blue Ridge Mountains are, consists of oak forests. The oak forests do not have small trees, shrubs and herbs like the mesic forests. The gypsy moth causes oak trees to lose their leaves and is sometimes even fatal. The Appalachian Mountains are also home to a number of animals and birds.