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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.01547
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9390
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71590
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7145
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9246
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5193
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0115
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.364
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2168
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.384
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1202
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.388
 Lickstone Ridge6380100Great Balsam Mountains.36
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4124
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0122
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5122
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.692
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6178
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8356
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5167
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.596
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.387
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.248
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7201
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9312
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0162
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.7100
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.362
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3122
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4270
20.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.435
21.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.049
22.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3273
23.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.650
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.365
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.418
24.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.492
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4150
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.347
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.671
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.4102
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.080
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.510
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0163
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2165
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4249
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.095
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3135
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6121
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3200
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3128
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.116
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.452
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7285
 Calloway Peak-East Summit594519N NC Blue Ridge Crest.164
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.937
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.121
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.826
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.012
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.862
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.933
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.598
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8110
44.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.515
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.418
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.565
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.357
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.526
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.051
49.MacRae Peak5846166N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1112
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8121
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.330
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.719
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6288
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4241
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.428
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.09
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6138
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.613
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.415
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.45
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.498
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.239
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.217
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.417
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.116
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.456
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.418
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.448
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.795
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.317
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.55
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4137
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.014
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.521
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.334
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3143
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.117
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.18
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.612
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.235
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4131
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.064
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.514
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4179
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.36
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.49
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.32
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.257
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.30
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.31
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9179
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.428
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7265
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.233
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.47
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.464
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9182
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.913
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.716
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4224
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.310
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.327
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.310
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.227
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.121
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.612
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.56
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.424
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.549
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.854
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.79
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.35
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.42
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.345
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.36
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3133
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.855
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.58
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3127
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.89
97.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.98
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.033
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.418
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.831
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.810
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.38
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.77
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.615
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.34
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.225
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.441
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.134
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.748
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.48
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1177
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.634
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.112
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.386
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.014
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.443
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.616
 Linville Peak530565N NC Blue Ridge Crest.263
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.312
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.238
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.833
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.99
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.591
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.56
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.714
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.839
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.428
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.832
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.115
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.729
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.627
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.98
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.248
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.716
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.153
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.189
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.639
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.765
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.378
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4153
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.56
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.86
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.011
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.77
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.412
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.292
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.30
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.430
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.516
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.118
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.740
143.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.78
143.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.73
143.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.213
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.42
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.42
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.446
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.422
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.743
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.916
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.13
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.41
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.235
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.66
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.020
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.213
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.59
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.560
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.967
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.816
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.04
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.037
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.713
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.511
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.030
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.88
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.51
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2142
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.922
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.87
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.26
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.317
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.184
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.313
172.Mount Davis5040350Central Great Smoky Mountains1.426
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.07
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.515
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.913
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.97
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.413
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.96
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.45
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.113
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.436
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.929
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.210
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.15
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.723
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.117
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.212
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.514
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.42
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.410
 Lickstone Ridge4960120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.21
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.227
 Art Stewart Ridge496040Unicoi Mountains.31

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List Description

The "Southern Sixers" or "South beyond 6000" peaks are well-known and get a great deal of attention, but the enormous amount of peaks in North Carolina over 5000 feet are not as well documented or attempted.

Acknowledgments:

Much of the groundwork for this list was done by Ivan Ash, who contributed large PDF files of all southeastern USA peaks over 4000 feet to the now-defunct "America's Roof" site.

Tom Pomeroy was instrumental in getting this long-dormant list cleaned up and published, and he helped with countless corrections and updates to the work done by Ivan and myself.

 


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