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Old 07-03-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Collierville, TN
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I realize the piedmont area is flat, but I'm wondering just exactly what that means. I realize the mountains are hours away, but are there any rolling hills in the area, or is it seriously flatland?
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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It varies ... south and east tends to be flatter. North and west have more hills. All relative, but a couple hundred feet of rolling elevation change does happen in places. Definitely not like, say, south Florida.

Frank
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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The Piedmont is hilly. For example, look at Google StreetView for East to West roads in Raleigh, such as Wade avenue.

Eastern NC is very flat. There are some roads where you can see stoplights 10+ miles away.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Thanks for your help! I lived for a year in Indianapolis (didn't like it at all) and the absolute flatness of was truly mundane. I'm very happy to hear there's a little bit of rolling going on.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Check out the state on Google Maps, with "terrain" turned on:
Raleigh, NC - Google Maps
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Collierville, TN
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Ed, that was a great idea! Indeed, north and west have some definite density. Thanks, all, for your help.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Eastern NC is very flat. There are some roads where you can see stoplights 10+ miles away.
I assume that's an intentional exaggeration, as I believe the horizon at sea level is less than 3 miles.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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It rolls a lot more than I thought...I'm a little bummed as I had hoped to do more cycling here and I'm out of shape for hills. But there aren't a lot of what I think of as 'vistas' or even hills you can see in 'the distance'.

Why doesn't NC have vistas like we had back in NY??? I think we should change that....
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: NC
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Drive around Wake Forest, hwy 98 and also Rogers Rd...you'll see hills
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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My house (inside the Raleigh city limits) is 440 feet above sea level. Crabtree Creek through the city is 180 feet. State capitol building is 363 feet. Highest point in the city is around 525. That should give you some idea.
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