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North Carolina County High Points

Showing John Paul Ward's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 100, or 6%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.YanceyMount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891868 
2.SwainClingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains450319242019-05-31
3.HaywoodMount Guyot6621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1581168 
4.JacksonRichland Balsam6410Great Balsam Mountains3010266 
5.BuncombePotato Knob6400Black Mountains40101 
6.MitchellRoan High Knob6285Roan-Unaka Mountains3485450 
7.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Roan-Unaka Mountains648337 
8.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Great Balsam Mountains1601642020-03-01 b
9.WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest2426348 
10.CaldwellCalloway Peak - East Summit5945N NC Blue Ridge Crest19101 
11.McDowellThe Pinnacle5665N NC Blue Ridge Crest465124 
12.GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Unicoi Mountains3400162 
13.ClayStanding Indian Benchmark5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192762017-03-04
13.MaconStanding Indian Benchmark5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192762017-03-04
15.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Great Balsam Mountains160105 
16.AsheThe Peak5160Beech-Snake-Rich84040 
17.MadisonSandymush Bald5152Newfound Mountain Region47248 
18.CherokeeCounty Corner Point5060Nantahala Mountains028 
 Cherokee or Laurel Top - Southwest Ridge5000Unicoi Mountains028 
19.BurkeLong Arm Mountain4280N NC Blue Ridge Crest56045 
20.AlleghanyCatherine Knob4175N NC Blue Ridge Crest113534 
21.WilkesThompkins Knob4080N NC Blue Ridge Crest92056 
22.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain3965South NC Blue Ridge Crest172554 
23.SurryFisher Peak3580South Virginia Blue Ridge90052 
24.PolkTryon Peak3280South NC Blue Ridge Crest143034 
25.ClevelandBenn Knob2880Western Carolina Piedmont40039 
26.StokesMoores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439191 
27.AlexanderHickory Knob2560Eastern Carolina Piedmont96020 
28.CatawbaBaker Mountain1780Western Carolina Piedmont60040 
29.YadkinClick Benchmark1755Eastern Carolina Piedmont59521 
30.IredellFox Mountain1740Eastern Carolina Piedmont30035 
31.GastonThe Pinnacle1690Western Carolina Piedmont750112 
32.LincolnBuffalo Knob1480Western Carolina Piedmont21028 
33.DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain1188Eastern Carolina Piedmont49820 
34.RandolphShepherd Mountain1150Eastern Carolina Piedmont50036 
35.ForsythForsyth County High Point1100Eastern Carolina Piedmont030 
36.RowanYoungs Mountain1090Eastern Carolina Piedmont31038 
37.RockinghamRockingham County High Point1061Eastern Carolina Piedmont023 
38.DavieDavie County High Point1010Eastern Carolina Piedmont030 
39.GuilfordGuilford County High Point1000Eastern Carolina Piedmont032 
40.AlamanceCane Creek Mountains970Eastern Carolina Piedmont27035 
41.MontgomeryDark Mountain953Eastern Carolina Piedmont273352020-03-08 a
42.StanlyMorrow Mountain900Eastern Carolina Piedmont3851012023-03-31
43.CabarrusCabarrus County High Point897Eastern Carolina Piedmont10726 
44.PersonRoxboro Hill890Eastern Carolina Piedmont22032 
44.MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont10042 
46.CaswellStony Creek Mountain - North Summit880Eastern Carolina Piedmont6023 
47.OrangeOcconeechee Mountain860Eastern Carolina Piedmont190112 
48.UnionUnion County High Point791Eastern Carolina Piedmont3132 
49.ChathamChatham County High Point774Eastern Carolina Piedmont11420 
50.DurhamRed Mountain - South Peak770Eastern Carolina Piedmont2032 
51.GranvilleGranville County High Point740Eastern Carolina Piedmont21018 
52.MooreMoore County High Point730Eastern Carolina Piedmont2016 
53.AnsonGordon Mountain636Eastern Carolina Piedmont23616 
54.RichmondRichmond County High Point629Eastern Carolina Piedmont18916 
55.VanceVance County High Point570Eastern Carolina Piedmont7026 
56.FranklinFranklin County High Point562Eastern Carolina Piedmont14229 
57.HokeHoke County High Point550Eastern Carolina Piedmont10016 
58.WakeWake County High Point544Eastern Carolina Piedmont14432 
59.LeeLee County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont9019 
60.HarnettBig Ridge495Eastern Carolina Piedmont9525 
61.CumberlandCumberland County High Point485Eastern Carolina Piedmont11514 
62.ScotlandScotland County High Point480Eastern Carolina Piedmont7019 
62.WarrenWarren County High Point480Eastern Carolina Piedmont2029 
64.HalifaxHalifax County High Point390Eastern Carolina Piedmont4013 
65.JohnstonJohnston County High Point373Eastern Carolina Piedmont3331 
66.NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point370Virginia Piedmont8020 
67.NashNash County High Point360Eastern Carolina Piedmont5019 
68.WilsonWilson County High Point320Eastern Carolina Piedmont4017 
69.RobesonRobeson County High Point242Eastern Carolina Piedmont814 
70.SampsonSampson County High Point230Eastern Carolina Piedmont1020 
71.WayneWayne County High Point195Eastern Carolina Piedmont3319 
72.BladenBladen County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont4315 
72.DuplinDuplin County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont017 
74.LenoirLenoir County High Point164Eastern Carolina Piedmont2319 
75.EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point140Eastern Carolina Piedmont013 
76.GreeneGreene County High Point138Eastern Carolina Piedmont1720 
77.ColumbusColumbus County High Point132Eastern Carolina Piedmont2020 
78.PittPitt County High Point128Eastern Carolina Piedmont2022 
79.JonesJones County High Point125Eastern Carolina Piedmont016 
80.PenderPender County High Point115Eastern Carolina Piedmont3815 
81.OnslowOnslow County High Point112Eastern Carolina Piedmont412 
82.BertieBertie County High Point100Virginia Piedmont2814 
83.HertfordHertford County High Point95Virginia Piedmont812 
84.MartinMartin County High Point92Eastern Carolina Piedmont012 
85.DareKill Devil Hill91Eastern Carolina Piedmont71118 
86.GatesGates County High Point85Virginia Piedmont1816 
87.BrunswickBrunswick County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont2312 
87.New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont4020 
89.BeaufortBeaufort County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont2417 
89.CravenCraven County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont415 
91.CurrituckThree Dunes59Eastern Carolina Piedmont5017 
92.CarteretFort Macon State Park High Point58Eastern Carolina Piedmont5814 
93.ChowanChowan County High Point52Virginia Piedmont313 
93.PerquimansPerquimans County High Point52Virginia Piedmont313 
95.PamlicoPamlico County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont1816 
95.WashingtonWashington County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont512 
97.HydeTar Hole Plains Dune44Eastern Carolina Piedmont449 
98.CamdenCamden County High Point20Virginia Piedmont010 
98.PasquotankPasquotank County High Point20Virginia Piedmont09 
100.TyrrellTyrrell County High Point17Eastern Carolina Piedmont1210 

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in North Carolina, you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by Fred Lobdell, limited review by David Olson and Andy Martin.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for points in the lowlands of the state provided by the web site, and manually verified.


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