Cold Mountain is in the mountain region of western North Carolina, United States. The mountain is one of the Great Balsam Mountains which are a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the Appalachian Mountains.
The mountain was made famous by the 1997 novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. A major motion picture based on the novel was distributed by Miramax Films in 2003. The movie was filmed in Romania. Director Anthony Minghella said that the lack of old-growth forests and period buildings was the reason he chose not to film in Western North Carolina.