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Where Is Fraser’s Ridge, North Carolina?

November 24, 2018

It’s the question all Outlander fans are asking so where exactly is Jamie & Claire’s new home, Fraser’s Ridge? Although no one knows for sure the exact location, Diana has said that Fraser’s Ridge probably lies within ten miles of Blowing Rock or Boone, North Carolina and that it covers land north of the Yadkin River.1

If you’ve watched Episode 401.3, The False Bride, Jamie & Claire see a river below Fraser’s Ridge and if the show writers are staying true to Diana’s specifications for the location of Fraser’s Ridge, I imagine this river is the Yadkin. The Yadkin River’s headwaters start near Blowing Rock in Watauga County, not far from the Thunder Hill Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there, it flows southeast through Caldwell County before turning northeast and flowing through Wilkes County.

Below are some maps I’ve put together. Please keep in mind, these are not scientific, and we are talking about a fictional location. (OMG!!! Someone please slap me! Did I just say that Fraser’s Ridge is fictional?!?!)  Since the headwaters of the Yadkin are located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and based on Diana’s description, I think it’s a safe bet to say that Fraser’s Ridge would be located east of the Parkway.  With that being said, Fraser’s Ridge could be located in one or more of the present day counties of Watauga, Caldwell or Wilkes. 10,000 acres covers a lot of ground!




Are you planning your trip to find Fraser’s Ridge? If so, where do you think it is?

P.S. If you believe Fraser’s Ridge is fictional as I so incorrectly stated earlier (that was before I slapped myself back into reality), you might want to check out this letter written by an unbeliever to Dr. I. Fash, YeKen, Ph.D., and his very timely response.

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  • Reply Constance T. Willis December 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Well, I’m from that area and I can tell you it’s definitely not Wilkes County nor Caldwell. Blowing Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway going to Grandfather Mtn in Watauga County are your best bet. No other county has the kind of views they are showing on tv. Many Scottish people settled there and modern Scots have visited that area and said it looks just like Scotland. Probably because eons ago Scotland was part of our continent until it broke away. By the way, I found Scottish ancestors exploring my relatives on ancestry.com. Some of them came from Edinburgh. Oh, I might add I love Jamie Fraser! He is my dream fantasy man…

  • Reply Emily Boone January 12, 2019 at 1:20 am

    The image depicted in the show isn’t hilariously fake. Much of the mountain scene B roll often doesn’t look like tbwas taken from the vistas in this area either. Ive spent my whole life exploring the area around Boone, and yes I am a descendant of the pioneer Bri tells Jamie about. Anyhoo, the area isn’t so special that I’m frustrated with the fake image they created. It’s just not authentic tinthe territory…more like an image from Lord of the Rings.

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      So cool that you are a descendent of Daniel Boone. When I saw your name before I read your comment , I wondered if that was the case. Yes, the CGI is pretty awful. I think they could have done so much better than that. The stock footage is good but it’s stock footage.

  • Reply Emily Boone January 12, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Oh my, how autocorrect did interfere with what I wrote, haha. The CGI Fraser’s Ridge IS hilariously fake and the actual area IS so special…

    • Reply Beth Pittman January 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      LOL! I understood what you meant the first time. Don’t you love autocorrect?!?!

  • Reply Mike burns January 17, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    In the episode blood of my blood when Jamie and his son are touring his land Jamie points out what is the king’s land and what is the natives land so this would mean Fraser’s ridge goes to the North Carolina border which probably puts it more in Watauga County

  • Reply Rey Hudson February 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    My mom lived near the S Toe River. It’s at the bottom when you cross the Parkway coming up from Marion, going down to Micahville. It’s indeed rough country, and beautiful. (now squatted mostly by “Gentleman Golfers” but the mountains (thats the main point, here, isn’t it? ) are quite ridgelike, guess that’s what kept the white settlers out (and the Cherokee IN) in the first place.
    The Black Mountain ridges (Mt. Mitchell and associates) run, oddl,y, perpendicular to the ridges from Blue Ridge to the Allegenies. One can see, especially in the Smokies (East Tennessee) and NW Georgia a real picture of what a “ridge” IS!

    In Virginia, the ridges are long but sometimes the river’s cut across them.
    So back to Fraser… it could have been ANYWHERE! (Don’t forget 1760 state borders were NOTHING like they are today. Georgia continued to the Mississippi. Cherokee land went to the Ohio River. W. Virginia wasn’t even a concept. )

    John Ross: Native, elected representative, with a contingent of 1,000 Cherokees pulled a fast one and doubled back into these mountains, to avoid Andrew Jackson’s unconstitutional and genocidal “trail of tears”. OTHERWISE ALL remaining Cherokees would be in Oklahoma.

    Fuñy thing is: British and Italian movie makers don’t have a CLUE. I love North Carolina, but if they’d wanted some awe inspiring shots of beauty, they’d done well to head over to Tennessee; Great Smokey Mountain Nat. Park (Telikow Plaines)!

    Now THEMS some mountains… and some ridges!

  • Reply Stacey Gantt April 29, 2019 at 11:54 am

    In the book Claire mentions looking out at Roan Mountain. That’s in Tennessee. So I would think they would possibly be a little closer to the Tennessee state line. Can you see Roan Mountain from Boone? I’ve not been to Grandfather Mountain (other than driving through) in awhile, but when I did I didn’t think about still seeing parts of Tennessee from there. I know Rock City claims views of 7 states, so it’s possible. Just a thought.

  • Reply Beth Pittman May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Stacey. That’s a great observation. I think you probably could see Roan Mountain from Grandfather although I don’t know that for sure. It’s certainly high enough and you can see Charlotte from some of the adjacent mountains. I only figured it was east of Grandfather, Boone, Blowing Rock because of the references to the Yadkin River that Diana has made but honestly, it could be anywhere in the North Carolina mountains. Thank you for commenting.

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