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Our State Geography in a Snap: landforms and regions

Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

Landforms: There are three distinct landforms of the Southeast and of North Carolina: the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, and the Appalachian Mountains.

  • The Coastal Plain is low, flat to gently sloping land that extends along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the Southeast lies within in the Coastal Plain.
  • The Piedmont, characterized by hilly, rolling land, borders the Coastal Plain. The Piedmont extends from Virginia to Alabama.
  • The Appalachian Mountains, the largest range in the eastern United States, stretch from Canada to northern Alabama.

Regions: The three landforms of North Carolina make up the three major geographic regions of the state: the Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, and the Mountains. The Coastal Plain Region is usually divided into two sub regions: the Outer Coastal Plain, commonly referred to as the Tidewater; and the Inner Coastal, which is less impacted by the effects of the ocean as it is located further inward.


"Social Studies:: Elementary Resouces:: Student Sampler:: Geography," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Website. (accessed March 27, 2012).

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There are no more regions or landforms than that in North Carolina. Though there are really four, which would include the Tidewater, which was mentioned as part of the Coastal Plains, those are the only landforms that are listed in North Carolina.


Thank you so, so much! It really helped!


Thanks So much :), really helped!


this is help ful thank you i am in 5th grade so it help


Im glad it help




Maybe, near the maps, next time you could insert a compass so that we know the area of where the landforms are.


Hi Linda,

Thanks for visiting this entry and suggesting the compass for the map.  I have updated the map to include a compass.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


these are not landforms, these are not even useful


Actually, you are 100% wrong. This information is really useful (If you live in North Carolina at least) because it gives a brief, short description of the actual landforms there are in N.C. Maybe you will even need this information for school work.

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