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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.01446 
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9368 
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71483 
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7135 
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9232 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5185 
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0105 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.359 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2157 
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.380 
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1192 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.377 
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4113 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0110 
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5114 
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.680 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6156 
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8328 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5155 
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.580 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.373 
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.245 
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7183 
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9289 
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0150 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.794 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.356 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3114 
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4249 
20.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.432 
21.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.045 
22.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3252 
23.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.647 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.361 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.416 
24.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.482 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4135 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.345 
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.660 
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.494 
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.073 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.510 
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0149 
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2152 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4232 
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.085 
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3124 
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6114 
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3185 
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3119 
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.115 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.448 
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7266 
 Calloway Peak-East Summit594519N NC Blue Ridge Crest.147 
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.934 
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.119 
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.826 
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.09 
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.858 
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.929 
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.591 
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310 
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8103 
44.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.514 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.418 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.557 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.354 
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.520 
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.045 
49.MacRae Peak5846166N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1104 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8103 
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.325 
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.717 
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6258 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4223 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.426 
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.09 
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6126 
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611 
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.413 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.492 
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.235 
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.213 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.415 
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.113 
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.451 
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.416 
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.444 
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.789 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.316 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.54 
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4123 
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.013 
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.521 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.331 
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3131 
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.114 
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.17 
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.611 
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.232 
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4125 
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.055 
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.512 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4166 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.34 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.47 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.251 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.30 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.31 
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9166 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.426 
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7254 
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.225 
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.46 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.457 
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9174 
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.913 
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.714 
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4206 
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.39 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.324 
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.310 
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.226 
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.120 
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.612 
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.55 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.421 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.546 
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.853 
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.79 
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.35 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.41 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.342 
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.36 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3121 
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.849 
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.58 
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3116 
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.89 
97.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.98 
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.031 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.415 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.830 
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.810 
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.76 
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.613 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.33 
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.224 
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.439 
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.130 
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.742 
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.47 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1158 
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.628 
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.110 
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.378 
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.438 
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.615 
 Linville Peak530565N NC Blue Ridge Crest.260 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.311 
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.235 
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.830 
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.98 
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.587 
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55 
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.711 
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.837 
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.426 
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.830 
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.114 
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.726 
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.623 
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.98 
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.245 
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.716 
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.143 
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.176 
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.634 
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.761 
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.375 
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4135 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.86 
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.09 
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.77 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.286 
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.30 
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.429 
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513 
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.116 
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.737 
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.41 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.42 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.441 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.421 
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.739 
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.916 
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.12 
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.231 
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.66 
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.019 
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.28 
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.53 
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.554 
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.959 
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.814 
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.03 
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.032 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.510 
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.027 
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.87 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.51 
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2125 
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.921 
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.85 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.25 
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.315 
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.172 
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.310 
172.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.424 
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.04 
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.512 
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.97 
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.413 
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.95 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.45 
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.112 
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.429 
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.928 
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.29 
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.13 
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.721 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.113 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.210 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.512 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.42 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.49 
 Lickstone Ridge4960120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.21 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.223 
 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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