Geography of Virginia


    Major Rivers: Appomattox, Clinch, Dan, Elizabeth, Holston, James, New, North Anna, Nottoway, Potomac, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Shenandoah, South Anna, York

    Other Major Bodies of Water: Lake Anna, Back Bay, Buggs Island Lake, Chesapeake Bay, Claytor Lake, Lake Gaston, Great Dismal Swamp, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake

    Major Mountain Ranges: Allegheny, Blue Ridge, Cumberland, Shenandoah

    Highest Point in Virginia: Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia, with a summit elevation of 5,729 feet (1,746 metres) above sea level. It is in Grayson County, about 6.45 miles WSW of Trout Dale, within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

    The area contains a unique record of the geohistory of Virginia. There is evidence from the rocks that volcanoes were once part of the landscape. Roughly 750 million years ago, rift-related volcanoes erupted along the axis of what later became the Appalachians, and one remnant of that volcanic zone still can be seen at Mount Rogers. Mount Rogers is also the only place in Virginia that preserves evidence of ancient glaciation.

    Counties: 95

    Independent Cities: 40

    Incorporated Towns: 189

    Populations of Major Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Areas (2009 Estimates): 

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