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Allegheny Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointSpruce Knob (4861 ft/1482 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesWest Virginia (66%), Pennsylvania (28%), Maryland (5%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area15,628 sq mi / 40,476 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent272 mi / 438 km North-South
259 mi / 417 km East-West
Center Lat/Long39° 13' N; 79° 54' W
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Map of Allegheny Mountains
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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 Allegheny Mountains.
Appalachian PlateausLevel 3 (Parent)
         Allegheny PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Catskill MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Allegheny MountainsLevel 4
                 Central Pennsylvania Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Laurel HighlandsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Northern Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Canaan Valley AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Western Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Shavers Fork Mountain ComplexLevel 5 (Child)
                 Spruce Mountain AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Yew Mountains AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
         Cumberland PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Cumberland MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Allegheny Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Spruce Knob48611482Spruce Mountain Area
2.Thorny Flat48481478Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
3.Bald Knob48421476Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
4.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Canaan Valley Area
5.Tygart Valley North4760+1451+Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
6.Hosterman Benchmark West47571450Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
7.Snowshoe Fire Tower47401445Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
8.Red Spruce Knob47031433Yew Mountains Area
9.Roaring Plains47021433Canaan Valley Area
10.Mace Knob46871429Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
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 NameftmRange5
1.Spruce Knob48611482Spruce Mountain Area
2.Thorny Flat48481478Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
3.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Canaan Valley Area
4.Red Spruce Knob47031433Yew Mountains Area
5.Keeney Knob39271197Southern Allegheny Mountains
6.Backbone Mountain36621116Northern Allegheny Mountains
7.Upshur County High Point3160+963+Western Allegheny Mountains
8.Laurel Mountain-Elliot Benchmark3157962Laurel Highlands
9.Blue Knob3120+951+Central Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Allegheny Mountains

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).
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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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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