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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Nikolai Braun's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (2 out of 185, or 1.08%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.012882007-07-22
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9326 
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.713182007-07-24
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7117 
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9206 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5161 
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.096 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.354 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2140 
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.365 
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1167 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.370 
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.499 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.098 
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.595 
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.664 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6130 
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8288 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5129 
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.567 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.361 
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.235 
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7168 
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9244 
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0127 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.780 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.346 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.392 
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4218 
20.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.421 
21.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.034 
22.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3217 
23.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.635 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.350 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.411 
24.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.470 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4117 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.340 
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.648 
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.477 
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.057 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.58 
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0123 
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2125 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4194 
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.070 
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3106 
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.691 
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3161 
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3102 
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.111 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.436 
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7230 
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.930 
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.116 
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.822 
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.07 
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.848 
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.921 
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.578 
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310 
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.890 
44.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.510 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.413 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.546 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.342 
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.519 
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.036 
49.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.190 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.891 
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.321 
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.713 
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6214 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4181 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.419 
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.08 
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6112 
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611 
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.410 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.41 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.475 
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.230 
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.29 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.412 
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.111 
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.446 
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.412 
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.434 
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.779 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.314 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.54 
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4104 
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.012 
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.517 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.324 
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3110 
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.113 
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.16 
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.69 
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.224 
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4115 
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.051 
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.510 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4145 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.33 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.43 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.245 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.30 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.31 
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9146 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.419 
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7225 
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.221 
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.454 
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9155 
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.911 
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711 
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4183 
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.37 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.319 
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.39 
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.222 
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.118 
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.69 
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.54 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.418 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.534 
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.852 
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.76 
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.33 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.41 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.333 
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.35 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3104 
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.842 
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.55 
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.398 
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.88 
97.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.95 
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.029 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.414 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.826 
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.86 
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.76 
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.611 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.32 
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.221 
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.432 
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.125 
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.737 
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.45 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1128 
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.622 
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.16 
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.364 
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.430 
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.612 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.310 
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.231 
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.826 
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.97 
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.579 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.252 
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55 
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.78 
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.828 
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.419 
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.823 
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.19 
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.722 
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.619 
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.97 
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.239 
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.713 
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.137 
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.162 
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.630 
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.748 
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.361 
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4113 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85 
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.08 
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.74 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.267 
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.30 
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.427 
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513 
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.114 
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.733 
143.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.76 
143.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.72 
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.429 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.414 
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.733 
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.99 
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.226 
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.65 
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.019 
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27 
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.52 
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.551 
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.946 
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.88 
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02 
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.021 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.78 
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.56 
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.024 
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50 
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2102 
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.915 
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.83 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.24 
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.313 
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.156 
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.39 
172.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.419 
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.04 
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.510 
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.95 
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.48 
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.91 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.45 
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.19 
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.424 
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.922 
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.210 
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.12 
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.718 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.111 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.28 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.58 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.41 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.47 
 Lickstone Ridge4960120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.220 
 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.


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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