Our State Geography in a Snap: Three Regions Overview
Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.
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.
North Carolina regions by county
North Carolina physical regions
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1 January 2012