At the state line along Route 311
|Peak||Monroe County High Point (Monroe County, WV/Giles County, VA)|
|Elevation||4,073 ft (1,241 m) |
|States||Virginia and West Virginia|
|Counties||Alleghany VA, Craig VA, Giles VA and Monroe WV|
|Parent range||Allegheny Mountains|
Peters Mountain is a 52-mile (84 km) mountain in the Allegheny ridge, which makes it the longest mountain in the Appalachian Mountain Chain. It is located on the border between Alleghany County, VA, Monroe County, WV, Giles Co.,VA, and Craig Co.,VA. Its elevation ranges from 4,073 feet (1,241 m) on the mountaintop to a low of 2,300 feet (700 m). It produces some of the water supply for Monroe County.
There are numerous sandstone outcroppings along the crest of the Peters Mountain and a number of high mountain bogs on Pine Swamp Ridge. The Mountain is primarily forested with upland oak, yellow poplar, red oak, and hickory.
Peters Mountain is unique compared to surrounding mountains. In its area, it is one of the only mountains that contains limestone. Limestone, calcium carbonate, is a special type of mineral that neutralizes many harmful substances. these harmful substances may include sulfur or carbonic acid. Water elsewhere may contain these harmful substances. However the water in Monroe County West Virginia dose not contain any of these. The limestone in peters mountain is also very good for water storage. In all the mountain contains roughly 250 square miles of pure stored water. This fresh water can than come out as mountain spring water or can be pumped out to every house in the area.
- "West Virginia Summits". PeakList.org. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- Morton, Oren F. (1980) History of Monroe County West Virginia, Regional Publishing Company pg. 280
Geology studies By M. S. Meadows.