It starts in Newfoundland but ends up in McCalla, Alabama – but few people know about it

The Mountain Stops Here

by

Shannon Hollon

Many folks in the hamlet of McCalla Alabama don’t know that the Appalachian mountains ends in their backyard. The oldest mountains in the United States of America(480 million years) starts in Newfoundland and 1600 miles later ends in McCalla. Before erosion they were higher than the Alps or Rockies.


Geographic terminusGeographic Terminus (Tannehill Historical State Park)

This range that stretches from Birmingham to McCalla had another oddity it is one of the few places in the world where all the main ingredients(iron ore,coal, limestone) for iron and steel making can be found in some places less than 3 miles from each other.

mccalla mapMap from 1865 of Roupes Valley

The highland range called Red Mountain(due to iron ore content) Rock Mountain and Shades Mountain are sandwiched in between the Cahaba and Warrior Coal fields which created Jones and Roupes Valley that was settled in 1816 and soon became the birthplace of the iron and steel industry of the South.

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About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

44 Responses to It starts in Newfoundland but ends up in McCalla, Alabama – but few people know about it

  1. Yup lived on the northern part of them tail end of Catskills Mts Appalachian Mts now the tail end here in Alabama. Love my Mountains

  2. I think some in Wetumpka and even Tallassee, Alabama have made the same claim.

  3. Sam GuytonSam Guyton says:

    Chewacla state park claims it’s the last foothill in the mountain train.

  4. Nancy Murchison says:

    Ends st Jaismine Hill Wetumpka

  5. Anonymous says:

    I got to see a small portion from the top of Mount Washington, a most beautiful place.

  6. Used to be a similar sign in Tannehill State Park.

  7. Rhonda Adams says:

    Obviously, a lot of places are trying to grab a piece of this pie but I was under the impression that Flagg Mountain in Weogufka, Alabama was the terminus for the Appalachian Mountains. There have been some discussions of extending the Appalachian Mountain Trail to Flagg Mountain and it does unofficially connect with the Pinhoti Trail on Cheaha Mountain which ultimately connects with the Appalachian Trail. Perhaps, we need an expert opinion and I am not an expert! 🙂

  8. Ron I am sure you know this. Just curious how much of the trail have you explored?

  9. I’m from Alabama and didn’t know this.

  10. Gee, I thought it began in Maine.

  11. Barry where do find these stories.

  12. If you visit the Tannehill state park there is a sign going into the park that talks about the Appalachian Trail

  13. Coosa Carol says:

    There is s CCC built Firetower similar to others built along the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression at the Alabama terminus. The plaque there describes the tower as such.

  14. The southernmost mount over 1000ft in elevation in the Appalachian chain is Flagg Mountain, in Coosa County l, near Weogufka. It is the southern terminus of the Pinhoti trail

  15. Barry HallBarry Hall says:

    I shared your post in Appalachian Americans.

  16. This sign is inside Tannehill Historic Park.
    https://g.co/kgs/zY6mc0

  17. Yup, knew that. Helped construct & maintain sections of the Pinhoti Trail in 1974…

  18. Hannah Nöel Jackson

  19. Going north the trail ends in Maine. On the top of Mt Katahdin. Not in Newfoundland, Canada.

    • Tom LambTom Lamb says:

      The sign and the article do not say where the Appalchian Trail starts or ends. This is about the Appalachian Mountains which do not end in Maine.

    • Pam WychePam Wyche says:

      Cap Gaspe in Quebec Canada is the end of the North American portion. Called International Appalachian Trail when enter Canada. We have been there to the plaque about it – beautiful! At a lighthouse overlooking sea.

  20. Fastest hiking of trail was done by a woman graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, AL.

  21. Actually they end at the last set of shoals in Centreville. You can view the change from the Appalachian mountains to the gulf coastal plain from the bridges by the the high school.

  22. I just wonder how one part of the earth can be older than another when the entire earth was created at the same time, and how does this person know about the erosion. Land that has forests growing on the land soil does not erode when it is covered with vegetation. I greew up in that area back in the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s so I know that area. McCalla is just Southwest of Bessemer Al.

    • You need to go back to school and pay attention this time as to how mountains are formed.

    • Tracey Bagwell you are the one that needs to study a book that really tells you how the mountains were formed. It is called the BIBLE. It plainly states that God created the heavens and the earth.What I would realy like for you to9 explain top me is who was around back then to measure the height of the mountains and what instruments did they use to measure them

    • Well sir after thousands of years of different plates smashing together the plates had to go somewhere so they went up, thus therefore forming mountains.im sorry sir that you’ll weren’t as educated in the 40 thru the mid 60s, but never stop educating yourself and you’ll have a lot less questions.try shutting your mouth and opening your ears.

    • As for the erosion after you get so high there are no trees.and if there’s rain there’s erosion vegetation or not

  23. Max JolleyMax Jolley says:

    Sign is on the road going into Tannihill State park.

  24. The rock formations and flora continue all the way down the Black Warrior River to Tuscaloosa…

    • David Hogg says:

      When I was a student at the University of Alabama, my geology professor said the southern end of the Appalachian Plateau was along Rice Mine Road.

  25. The North American portion ends in Maine but the Appalachian chain continues in Scotland… the two continents separated after the formation of the chain of mountains.

  26. Love them mountains from south eastern kentucky

  27. I never knew that. Very interesting.

  28. I’ve been to McCalla a lot of times, mostly hills , not much in the way of a mountain! lol

  29. Gregg says:

    Pretty sure the hill in my backyard in Mobile, AL is the terminus of the Appalachians. Just sayin’. Enjoyed the article though.

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