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Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet

Showing Ken Oeser's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (42 out of 42, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.NC-SwainClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1963
1.TN-SevierClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1963
3.NC-YanceyMount Mitchell6684Central Blue Ridge Ranges1992-08-08
4.WV-PendletonSpruce Knob4861Allegheny Mountains1992-09-06
5.GA-TownsBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front1992-10-24
5.GA-UnionBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front1992-10-24
7.VA-GraysonMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge Ranges1992-11-27
7.VA-SmythMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge Ranges1992-11-27
9.ME-PiscataquisKatahdin5268Longfellow Mountains1993-08-17
10.NH-CoösMount Washington6288White Mountains1993-08-18
11.NY-EssexMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains1993-08-19
12.TN-MonroeHaw Knob5472Southern Blue Ridge Front1999-04-25
13.TN-GreeneGravel Knob4852Western Blue Ridge Ranges1999-11-27
14.TN-UnicoiBig Bald5516Western Blue Ridge Ranges2000-03-18
15.NC-HaywoodMount Guyot6621Great Smoky Mountains2000-06-04
15.TN-CockeOld Black6370Great Smoky Mountains2000-06-04
17.NC-MitchellRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges2000-07-03
17.TN-CarterRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges2000-07-03
19.TN-BlountThunderhead Mountain5527Great Smoky Mountains2000-08-05
20.VA-WashingtonWhitetop Mountain5520Western Blue Ridge Ranges2001-03-18
20.TN-JohnsonSnake Mountain-North Peak5518Western Blue Ridge Ranges2001-03-18
22.NC-CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-04-14
22.NC-WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-04-14
24.VA-RussellBeartown Mountain4689Southern Appalachian Ridges2001-06-09
25.NC-AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Western Blue Ridge Ranges2001-06-23
26.NC-JacksonRichland Balsam6410Central Blue Ridge Ranges2001-10-20
26.NC-TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Central Blue Ridge Ranges2001-10-20
26.NC-HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Central Blue Ridge Ranges2001-10-20
29.NC-McDowellThe Pinnacle5665Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-11-24
30.NC-BuncombePotato Knob6400Central Blue Ridge Ranges2004-07-02
30.NC-GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-07-02
32.GA-RabunRabun Bald4696Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-07-03
33.NC-ClayStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-07-04
33.NC-MaconStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-07-04
35.WV-PocahontasThorny Flat4848Allegheny Mountains2004-10-10
36.NC-MadisonSandymush Bald5152Central Blue Ridge Ranges2006-08-04
37.NH-GraftonMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2010-08-05
38.VA-TazewellBalsam Beartown Mountain4710Southern Appalachian Ridges2012-05-05
39.NC-AsheThe Peak5160Western Blue Ridge Ranges2012-05-06
40.VA-HighlandLittle Ridge4546Central Appalachian Ridges2012-05-27
41.WV-RandolphMount Porte Crayon4770Allegheny Mountains2012-07-21
42.NC-CherokeeLaurel Top-Southwest Ridge5040Southern Blue Ridge Front2012-10-13

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This list shows all the peaks that are over 4,500 feet high and also the highest point in a county (or equivalent) east of the Missisppi River in the United States. It is interesting to note that Mount Mitchell gives Yancey County a national rank of #315 out of the 3141 counties. This means that almost exactly 10% of U.S. counties are higher than the highest one in the east. Mount Washington would rank Coos County #335.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by Carl Mills, Fred Lobdell, Michael Kornbau, and Andy Martin.

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