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Eastern Carolina Piedmont

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointPores Knob (2660+ ft/811+ m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNorth Carolina (78%), South Carolina (21%), Virginia (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area45,852 sq mi / 118,756 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent248 mi / 399 km North-South
355 mi / 571 km East-West
Center Lat/Long34° 55' N; 78° 43' W
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Map of Eastern Carolina Piedmont
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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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 Eastern Carolina Piedmont.
PiedmontLevel 4 (Parent)
         Virginia PiedmontLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Eastern Carolina PiedmontLevel 5
                 Brushy MountainsLevel 6 (Child)
                 Outer BanksLevel 6 (Child)
         Western Carolina PiedmontLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Georgia PiedmontLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Eastern Carolina Piedmont

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Pores Knob2660+811+Brushy Mountains
2.Moores Knob2579786 
3.Hickory Knob2560+780+Brushy Mountains
4.Sauratown Mountain2441744 
5.Pilot Mountain2421738 
6.Devils Chimney2396730 
7.Cooks Wall2380+725+ 
8.Hibriten Mountain2239682Brushy Mountains
9.Hanging Rock2160+658+ 
10.Wolf Rock2024617 
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 NameftmRange6
1.Pores Knob2660+811+Brushy Mountains
2.Jockeys Ridge10030Outer Banks



Photos of Peaks in the Eastern Carolina Piedmont

Chesterfield County High Point
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LiDAR map of the Chesterfield COHP, which is on the north end of the southern 720-foot contour (2014-10-22). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Edgecombe County High Point
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This map comes from the Edgecombe County GIS site and shows 2-foot contours. The contours are unlabeled, so I used the 139 spot elevation (where Old Wilson Road crosses E Tarboro/Bullock School Road) as a reference point and worked from there. This spot is one contour below the highest. So if the 139 elevation is correct, the highest contours in the county are 140 feet, with none reaching 142. However, LiDAR indicates the highest point is 139.7 feet, which would mean the highest contours are 138 feet with none reaching 140. In that case, the aforementioned crossroads is in a 136 contour. Yellow areas are the highest contours. Light-blue lines mark the next contour down. Red lines correspond to the 140 contours on the USGS quads. Red numbers are COHP area numbers. See my trip report for more details and discussion (2015-11-09). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Brunswick County High Point
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The three roadside points and the two eastern points are mine. The more northwestern waypoint was marked in 2008 by Shannon Dillmore and Brian Bockhahn. We did a lot of zig-zagging in three hours in that swamp, and I'm confident we hit the highpoint even though I don't have a waypoint to prove it. (2015-11-11). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Sandy Island High Point
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Forest floor patches of the silvery grey colored reindeer moss on Sandy Island (2015-01-06). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Luark Hill
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Dare County GIS indicates this spot in Three Dunes is the county high-point at 52 feet-10 feet higher than Luark Hill. Blue lines are 20-ft contour, red is 4-foot contours, and gold is 2-foot contours. (2016-02-02). Photo by Tom Layton.
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