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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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48 Comments

  • 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 Jennifer November 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      But there’s nothing in Scotland like the Blue Ridge Mountains !

      • Reply Susan Jackson November 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

        Jennifer, you are so right!

      • Reply Michael Thacker April 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        Are there any references in the show to how far it is from The governor’s palace Frazier’s ridge is? At that time the North Carolina colony extended Cross what is now Tennessee to the Mississippi.

        • Reply Susan Jackson April 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

          Michael, the geography in the books and the show is a bit off, so it’s not a good reference for location accuracy. It always seems it takes the Frasers a day to travel from the mountains to River Run, but a week or so to get to the coast, where Tryon Palace is located, neither of which are accurate.

        • Reply Beth Pittman April 27, 2020 at 2:52 pm

          Michael, in addition, in today’s time, Fraser’s Ridge (near Boone, NC) would be approximately 300 miles away from New Bern and Tryon Palace. By car, that takes us 5 hours. By horse in the 18th century, it would have taken about two weeks from what I’ve researched.

    • Reply Rosie November 23, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Hi I thought all the filming was done in Scotland..so it wouldn’t look like anywhere real in the US.

      • Reply Susan Jackson November 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

        Yes, Rosie, filming is done in Scotland, and some of the scenery–forests, as well as some plants–will look similar to North Carolina, but not everything. They are having to use computer graphics for some of the big scenery.

    • Reply Robin Ledford January 25, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      We would to know more about February please my folks where from Tennessee Thank you sooo much for your time and help

      • Reply Beth Pittman January 25, 2020 at 3:31 pm

        Hey there, Robin! Are you talking about the release date for Season 5 of Outlander? If so, it starts February 16 on STARZ. You will need a STARZ subscription. Check out Amazon for a free trial of STARZ through Amazon Prime Video.

        • Reply Patty Campos February 11, 2020 at 10:18 pm

          Also Direct TV has a free trial for 3 months.
          Did you know that there is a physical address :
          Fraser’s Ridge Ln., Newland, NC? I am curious to find out who lives there.
          And you can see the big ridge from the satellite map.
          Enjoy and I’ll see you soon un Fraser’s Ridge!
          😄 Can’t wait 😊

          • Susan Jackson February 15, 2020 at 11:34 am

            Hi, Patty–we’ve seen that! Book-related? Maybe–maybe not. But who wouldn’t want to live on Fraser’s Ridge Lane? 🙂

  • 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 Stephanie Rooney July 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Um, Emily, I live here too and I recognized the NC scenes they used immediately. One is of “The Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, NC. The other views can be found repeatedly by driving up and down the The Blue Ridge Parkway. I know this because I have lived here 25 years and have a lot of company.

      • Reply Beth Pittman July 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        Stephanie, they did use a “little” stock photography for the show – emphasis on the word “little”. They didn’t film here but Scotland looks a lot like the NC mountains – or so I’m told. I haven’t had the pleasure of going to Scotland yet. I think what Emily is addressing is the scene where Jamie & Claire are looking out over the valley below when they first get to Fraser’s Ridge. That was CGI and looked awful.

    • Reply Jessica Frizzell August 25, 2019 at 8:03 am

      I am a decendant of the Fraser clan. My last name is Frizzell. Idk about Frasers ridge but i do know my ancestors settled in macon county way before 1770s. Jamie Fraser was not a direct decendant of mine and im not sure where he fits in but i do know my ancestors came 70 plus years before culloden.

      • Reply Jessica Frizzell August 25, 2019 at 8:06 am

        I have been able to Trace my direct male lineage on my fathers side all the way back to 1300s.

        • Reply Sharon L Fraser April 8, 2020 at 8:21 pm

          Hi – I am Sharon Fraser. I live in CA near the Napa Valley. I am trying to trace the Fraser family history and have only been able to go as far back as 1920’s, when my husband’s grandfather came here, through Canada, from near Edinburgh, Scotland. How did you trace Frasers in Scotland?
          THX!
          Sharon Fraser

          • clyde halsey May 5, 2020 at 9:03 pm

            Ancestry.com has a European version also. Traced mine back to England in the 1600’s. Have to buy the European version to go further and I never did.

      • Reply Brian Hetrick September 6, 2019 at 5:25 am

        Jessica, my great grandmother was a Frizzell. Her great grandfather was Francis Frizzell, born about 1790 in North Carolina. He’s my Frizzell brick wall, thou ghost, as I can’t find any information about him earlier than early 19th century church records from Tennessee, as he and his family moved there from ND.

        • Reply Brian Hetrick September 6, 2019 at 5:27 am

          Autocorrect hates me, too. “Thou ghost” should be “though” and ND should be NC…..

      • Reply Phil March 11, 2020 at 4:03 am

        Oooh big speech…

    • Reply Angie Shaw November 9, 2019 at 11:26 pm

      MY husband is also a descendent of Daniel Boone! Joseph Boone was his 5th great grandfather.

      • Reply Gwen Stansbury November 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

        If I’m not mistaken some of Daniel Boone’s family (maybe his father or grandfather) and other Boone family are buried in Kentucky. I’ve been there and seen the grave site which is fenced now. I thought that the jets on living i. That land said it might be his dad but not for sure.

  • 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 Tiffany September 22, 2019 at 12:05 am

      Indeed I agree, North Carolina was very thin in comparison and included most of what is now Tennessee. Also taking into account they were roughly a 3 to 4 day ride from Wilmington it could have also been what is now northern South Carolina. Also the comment made that the Mohawk lived in New York (approx. 700 miles away) . I have a friend that is native Mohawk(Iroquois ) and his tribe was from Syracuse, NY. Mapping that out would put Fraser’s ridge west somewhere between Wilmington and Lumberton, NC.

      • Reply Sharon McKenzie Cali May 28, 2020 at 5:39 pm

        There is a real McKenzie Ridge. It is in Ohio. It is where my Father was born in 1905, and raised. I believe it is Racine, Co.

  • 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.

    • Reply Melissa Seymour June 9, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      So interesting. You can see Roan Mountain from close to Banner Elk and I wonder if they are using the Elk River? Banner Elk is closer To Grandfather and almost to Tennessee. We just bought a house in the area so this is super interesting.

  • Reply Katie July 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    My husband and I are going to NC for a few days next week and it would be so cool to find a place similar to Fraser’s Ridge. We both love the show.

    • Reply Beth Pittman July 11, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Hey Katie! Get on the Blue Ridge Parkway around Boone and drive towards Grandfather Mountain and beyond. You’ll be heading south on the parkway but you will see some amazing views and trails and overlooks!!! Enjoy your trip here to this wonderful state! You’re in for a treat! If you find Jamie, let me know. I’ve been looking for years!!

  • Reply Kathy November 25, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I am visiting from Germany and I am a huge fan of Outlander. I am on book #5. I am here in NC visiting for Thanksgiving in Huntersville. I hope to take a day trip up to “Fraser’s Ridge”

    • Reply Susan Jackson November 25, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Hope you can, too, Kathy! I think you should be able to stop on any ridge on the BRP and find a view that the Fraser’s would’ve enjoyed!

  • Reply Jess March 16, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I’m watching episode “Free Will” right now and he says of Roan/Rowan County, and I did a double take, as that’s where my genealogy has led me– though mine are Quakers from there. Interesting though! I’ve never been to the Carolinas, but once travel becomes safe again, I’d love to road trip!

    • Reply Susan Jackson April 22, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      You’ll love it, Jess! Hopefully we’ll all be able to travel again. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Michelle Jacobs May 19, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I was excited to hear that the city of Hillsborough, NC was a part of this show because my husband works in Hillsborough. We live about 10 minutes away in Alamance County. It was neat to hear about the Alamance battle, tragic as may be, simply because I’ve not seen any movie or TV show reference it before. My in-laws also live in Jacksonville, NC…very close to New Bern and Wilmington. We visit those areas often with my kids. So very cool to hear them mentioned during the timeline. Grandfather Mountain is but a few hours from my house as well, and I’ve been there countless times. The views from the show, depending on the season you visit, are very similar. I’ve loved Outlander since it was created but now I live for it!!! <3

  • Reply Wanda Henley May 21, 2020 at 12:22 am

    I have enjoyed so much, reading all the comments above. I live in Tennessee , upper East Tennessee. We are not that far from North Carolina. My husband and I are huge fans of the show and will wait until we have a whole season we can watch a couple episodes every night until we eventually get to the final one. We do this because we can not stand to wait a week in between for the next episode. I think is is best summed up by Michelle when she says ” I live for it”!

    • Reply mary gott May 22, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      I live near Chattanooga, Tenn. on Lookout Mountain. I spent many summers at residential camps in N. C., attended the Scottish Highland Games on Grandfather Mtn. near Linville, N.C., and backpacked /camped all over the area. Also, my daughter went to Appalachian State in Boone. The state of North Carolina is indeed one of my favorite places to be. It is a thrill to hear of the areas of which I’m familiar being depicted in the series. There is nothing like the mountains! I’m a true OUTLANDER fan.

  • Reply Michelle Jacobs May 21, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Yesss Wanda! Don’t know ya but I can already tell we’d be instant friends! I have family living in Columbia, TN. Visiting them is always a treat, as the hilltop terrain is indeed a picturesque landscape. I think I speak the mind of everyone on this thread when I say BRING ON OUTLANDER SEASON 6! Frasers Forever!! 😉

  • Reply Mario Solano June 29, 2020 at 12:11 am

    We are also devoted fzz as ns of outlander we are bearing the end of season 5. BRING ON Season 6!

  • Reply BARBARA EASTWOOD July 5, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Hi I’m from U.K. I’ve watched all the series and I’m definitely hooked on Outlander. Because we are now in so-called Droughtlander and in lockdown here I decided to buy and read the books on my kindle. The books are so much better for watching the series as I can use the images from them.
    I visited Virginia some years ago, we took a rental car and drove down the parkway from north beginning as far as Big Stone Gap and then turned back through Abingdon and Roger Mountains, we took a little detour to say we had entered North Carolina I think through Independence – we had decided to explore the area around Williamsburg on the coast or otherwise we could have ventured further into your state. At that time I hadn’t heard of Outlander.
    On our travels I didn’t see any wild mountains more like big hills? We stopped at Roanoke and went to the lookout on the ridge overlooking the town. As I read the fourth book I’m looking on google maps to try to identify the area that Diane describes. That’s how I came across your site. Thanks for the info above. Would you say that the area around Boone is mountainous and could have been as wild as Diane describes? Wished I’d been able to visit.

    • Reply Susan Jackson July 6, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Hi, Barbara–looking from the “big star” over the city of Roanoke is great, isn’t it? Roanoke is actually at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you’d have only seen them from a distance. The Highlands and mountains of western North Carolina can definitely be considered “wild,” as it is a rural area–though not as wild as it was in the 18th century! Boone is mountainous for sure, as well as the Wilkes County area discussed here.

  • Reply Stacey July 19, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    We just finished our visit to Boone NC. The view from Erwins view at Linville Falls looked like it could have been the waterfall in the view of Frazers Ridge.

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