That's Why They Call It The Blue Ridge by Doug Thompson | Jun 24, 2005 | Photography The mountains of the Blue Ridge as seen from Interstate 77 south of Hillsville in Carroll County. 2 Comments suzan on June 27, 2005 at 1:55 pm Beautiful photo. I drove along the blue ridge (one trip coming back from NC) and yes, they really are blue. I will have to tell my friend travelertrish that “make my day” is not a John Wayne quote. It is Clint Eastwood.