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Appalachian Plateaus

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointSpruce Knob (4861 ft/1482 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesKentucky (24%), Pennsylvania (17%), New York (16%), Tennessee (14%), Alabama (14%), West Virginia (13%), Virginia (1%), Mississippi (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area157,888 sq mi / 408,929 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent770 mi / 1,240 km North-South
812 mi / 1,306 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 54' N; 81° 7' W
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Map of Appalachian Plateaus
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Appalachian Plateaus.
Appalachian MountainsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Canadian AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northern U.S. AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Appalachian PlateausLevel 3
                 Allegheny PlateauLevel 4 (Child)
                 Catskill MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Allegheny MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Cumberland PlateauLevel 4 (Child)
                 Cumberland MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
         Appalachian RidgesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Blue Ridge MountainsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Piedmont-Southeast CoastLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Appalachian Plateaus

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Spruce Knob48611482Allegheny Mountains
2.Thorny Flat48481478Allegheny Mountains
3.Bald Knob48421476Allegheny Mountains
4.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Allegheny Mountains
5.Tygart Valley North4760+1451+Allegheny Mountains
6.Hosterman Benchmark West47571450Allegheny Mountains
7.Snowshoe Fire Tower47401445Allegheny Mountains
8.Red Spruce Knob47031433Allegheny Mountains
9.Roaring Plains47021433Allegheny Mountains
10.Mace Knob46871429Allegheny Mountains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Spruce Knob48611482Allegheny Mountains
2.High Knob42231287Cumberland Mountains
3.Slide Mountain4180+1274+Catskill Mountains
4.Hinch Mountain3048929Cumberland Plateau
5.Elk Hill2680+817+Allegheny Plateau



Photos of Peaks in the Appalachian Plateaus

Spruce Knob

An observation tower allows visitors to Spruce Knob to see over the low scrubby trees of the flat summit area (1984-06-02).
Black Mountain

Black Mountain, Kentucky and the radar dome nearby (1984-08-19).
Black Dome

Black Dome, the third-highest peak in the Catskills, as seen from Blackhead Mountain (2007-08-18). Photo by Eric Koppel.
Thomas Cole Mountain

Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole Mountain in the Catskills (2007-08-19). Photo by Eric Koppel.
Blackhead

Blackhead Mountain in the Catskills from Black Dome (2007-08-18). Photo by Eric Koppel.
Big A Mountain
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Big A Mountain in Virginia and its radio towers in winter. Photo by G.L. Honaker, Jr (2008-01-26).
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Cross Mountain
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Cross Mountain summit area (2013-10-20). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Backbone Mountain
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The wooded summit of Backbone Mountain, also known as Hoye Crest, high point of Maryland (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Frozen Head
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The tower on the top of Frozen Head, Tennessee (2010-02-06). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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Mount Davis
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The lookout tower on Mount Davis, high point of Pennsylvania (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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