Brown Mountain (North Carolina)

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Brown Mountain Ridge
Brown Mountain, North Carolina viewed from Beacon Heights, October 2016.jpg
Brown Mountain viewed from Beacon Heights
Highest point
Elevation2,283 ft (696 m)
Coordinates35°54′57″N 81°44′45″W / 35.91583°N 81.74583°W / 35.91583; -81.74583
LocationBurke / Caldwell counties, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeBlue Ridge Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Collettsville

Brown Mountain[1] is a low-lying ridge, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, in the Pisgah National Forest near Morganton, in western North Carolina,[2] on the border of Burke and Caldwell Counties.[3][4]

Since at least the early 20th century, mysterious illuminations known as the Brown Mountain lights have been seen there.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brown Mountain Ridge
  2. ^ Shockley, Linda (2018-06-21). "Brown Mountain Lights: The Mystery Continues (and Maybe Even Deepens)". Blue Ridge Country. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  3. ^ Shockley, Linda (2018-06-15). "Brown Mountain Lights". Blue Ridge Country. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. ^ "Race to Witch (or Brown) Mountain « North Carolina Miscellany". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ Speer, Wade Edward (2017). The Brown Mountain Lights: History, Science, and Human Nature Explain an Appalachian Mystery. McFarland. ISBN 1476666768.