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Great Balsam Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointRichland Balsam (6410 ft/1954 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNorth Carolina
Area671 sq mi / 1,738 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent27 mi / 44 km North-South
40 mi / 65 km East-West
Center Lat/Long35° 22' N; 82° 54' W
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Map of Great Balsam 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 Great Balsam Mountains.
Central Blue Ridge RangesLevel 4 (Parent)
         Black MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Great Craggy MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Newfound Mountain RegionLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Plott BalsamsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Great Balsam MountainsLevel 5
         Cowee MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Cheoah MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Nantahala MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Great Balsam Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Richland Balsam64101954 
2.Black Balsam Knob62141894 
3.Mount Hardy6120+1865+ 
4.Reinhart Knob6080+1853+ 
5.Sam Knob6040+1841+ 
6.Tennent Mountain6040+1841+ 
7.Grassy Cove Top6040+1841+ 
8.Cold Mountain60301838 
9.Chestnut Bald6000+1829+ 
10.Shining Rock6000+1829+ 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.



Photos of Peaks in the Great Balsam Mountains

Shining Rock
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Still one of my all-time favorite vistas (2014-03-15). Photo by Seamus Allman.
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Mount Pisgah
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View from the top of Mount Pisgah, with iconic Cold Mountain in the background (2012-10-23). Photo by Bruce Hicks.
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