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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Grant Myers's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 185, or 3.24%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9 
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.3 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.3 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.5 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.2 
143.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.9 
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
23.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.3 
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.0 
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9 
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.3 
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.6 
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.1 
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.0 
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.4 
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.8 
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5 
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.72008-05-21
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.3 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.4 
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.4 
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.5 
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.4 
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7 
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.5 
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.7 
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.5 
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
22.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3 
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.5 
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.6 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.2 
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.3 
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.42008-05-22
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3 
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.2 
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
143.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.3 
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.3 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.4 
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
44.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.4 
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
49.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1 
21.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9 
172.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0 
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
24.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.4 
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.02008-05-20
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
20.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
97.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.5 
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.0 
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.7 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.2 
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.6 
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.2 
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2 
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.3 
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.12008-05-21
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.82008-05-19
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.4 
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.2 
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.0 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.4 
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.1 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
143.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.5 
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.1 
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.4 
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.8 
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.2 
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.3 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.62008-05-21
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.4 
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.4 
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.0 
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 

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List Description

The "Southern Sixers" or "South beyond 6000" peaks are well-known and get a great deal of attention, but the enormous amount of peaks in North Carolina over 5000 feet are not as well documented or attempted.


Much of the groundwork for this list was done by Ivan Ash, who contributed large PDF files of all southeastern USA peaks over 4000 feet to the now-defunct "America's Roof" site.

Tom Pomeroy was instrumental in getting this long-dormant list cleaned up and published, and he helped with countless corrections and updates to the work done by Ivan and myself.


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