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North Carolina Topographical Map

On a topographical map, sometimes called a topo map, contour lines are often used to join points of equal elevation above sea level and color gradations may depict elevation ranges between the contour lines.  Topographical maps are often used to determine areas and routes where the terrain is fairly level or where steep slopes exist.  This page includes both static and interactive topographical maps of North Carolina.

Static North Carolina Topo Map

This section features a topographical map of North Carolina as well as a map legend that specifies elevation ranges and indicates their corresponding map colors. 

North Carolina topo map


Map Legend

elevation legend
boundaries, rivers, and lakes legend

North Carolina Topographical Features

North Carolina's highest mountain is Mount Mitchell, whose peak is 6,684 feet above sea level.  North Carolina's lowest elevation is sea level, at the Atlantic Ocean.  North Carolina features a coastal plain in the east, a central piedmont region, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west.  Major rivers in North Carolina include the Roanoke, Yadkin, and Pee Dee.

Interactive North Carolina Topo Map

This section features a topographical map that can be zoomed and panned to show the entire State of North Carolina or a small portion of the state.  To zoom in or out on the map, use the plus (+) button or the minus (-) button, respectively.  To pan the map in any direction, simply swipe it or drag it in that direction.  At high zoom levels, the contour lines on this North Carolina map can help outdoorsmen, land developers, and others to plan their routes and activities more efficiently. 

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North Carolina Topo Map