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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846092Black Mountains1189.01313 
2.Mount Craig6647307Black Mountains.9332 
3.Clingmans Dome66434513Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71343 
4.Mount Guyot66211601Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7120 
5.Balsam Cone6620400Black Mountains.9213 
5.Cattail Peak6620160Black Mountains1.5168 
7.Mount Gibbes6540440Black Mountains2.096 
 Clingmans Peak654080Black Mountains2.354 
 Potato Hill6475135Black Mountains.2146 
 Potato Knob642080Black Mountains.370 
8.Mount Chapman6417597Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.366 
9.Richland Balsam64103030Great Balsam Mountains27.1168 
10.Old Black6370190Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4101 
11.Blackstock Knob6340480Black Mountains1.667 
 Mount Hallback6329149Black Mountains.098 
12.Celo Knob6327627Black Mountains3.599 
13.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6131 
14.Roan High Knob62853505Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8292 
15.Roan High Bluff6267167Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5131 
16.Mount Lyn Lowry6260400Plott Balsams1.568 
16.Browning Knob6260160Plott Balsams.362 
18.Luftee Knob6234334Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.235 
19.Gibbs Mountain6220160Black Mountains.782 
 Percys Peak6220120Black Mountains.350 
 Cloudland Mountain622080Roan-Unaka Mountains.394 
20.Mount Kephart6217677Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7170 
21.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9249 
22.Winter Star Mountain6203303Black Mountains1.0134 
23.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4220 
24.Grassy Ridge Bald6180668Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3219 
25.Mount Yonaguska6178238Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.421 
26.Marks Knob6169269Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.034 
27.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155655Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.636 
 Tricorner Knob614545Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.351 
28.Mount Hardy6140800Great Balsam Mountains3.470 
 Mount Ambler6140106Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4118 
 Grassy Ridge614080Roan-Unaka Mountains.340 
 Mount Hardison6134114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.411 
29.Craggy Dome61001040Great Craggy Mountains3.478 
29.Reinhart Knob6100240Great Balsam Mountains1.057 
 Thermo Knob610080Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.58 
31.Plott Balsam Mountain6088388Plott Balsams1.649 
32.Sam Knob6060400Great Balsam Mountains1.0127 
32.Grassy Cove Top6060360Great Balsam Mountains1.2129 
32.Tennent Mountain6060160Great Balsam Mountains.4198 
35.Yellow Face6032332Plott Balsams1.071 
36.Cold Mountain60301010Great Balsam Mountains4.3107 
37.Shining Rock6020280Great Balsam Mountains1.3165 
37.Chestnut Bald6020200Great Balsam Mountains1.3105 
39.Mount Sequoyah6003183Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.692 
 Silvermine Bald598080Great Balsam Mountains.439 
40.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.111 
41.Grandfather Mountain59462446N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7233 
42.Big Butt5940720Black Mountains2.931 
42.Rough Butt Bald5940520Great Balsam Mountains2.117 
42.Bullhead Mountain5940360Great Craggy Mountains.822 
42.Cold Spring Knob5940320Great Balsam Mountains1.07 
42.Andrews Bald5940200Central Great Smoky Mountains.850 
47.Laurel Top5907447Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.921 
48.Chiltoes Mountain5900320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310 
48.Attic Window Peak5900280N NC Blue Ridge Crest.891 
48.Green Knob5900160Great Balsam Mountains1.413 
 Flower Knob5900120Great Balsam Mountains.342 
 Stairs Mountain5900110Great Balsam Mountains.547 
51.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.578 
52.Lone Bald5880260Great Balsam Mountains.511 
53.Little Sam Knob5862202Great Balsam Mountains.518 
54.Eagle Rocks5849349Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.036 
55.MacRae Peak5845185N NC Blue Ridge Crest.192 
56.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.893 
57.Spot Knob5820240Great Balsam Mountains.713 
57.Round Bald5820200Roan-Unaka Mountains.6216 
 Jane Bald582080Roan-Unaka Mountains.4183 
59.Blackrock Mountain5810190Plott Balsams1.322 
60.Old Bald5780240Great Balsam Mountains1.08 
 Dog Loser Knob5761141Great Balsam Mountains.421 
61.Balsam High Top5740280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611 
61.Herrin Knob5740240Great Balsam Mountains.410 
61.Little Bearpen North5740160Great Balsam Mountains.42 
 Devils Courthouse5740120Great Balsam Mountains.478 
64.Mount Pisgah57211381Great Balsam Mountains5.6113 
65.Point Misery5715375Black Mountains1.231 
66.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.29 
66.Steestachee Bald5700560Great Balsam Mountains2.412 
66.Peak 56805700324Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.111 
66.Flat Spring Knob5700200Black Mountains.413 
66.Craggy Gardens5700200Great Craggy Mountains.435 
66.Masa Knob5700186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.446 
72.The Pinnacle5665485N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.779 
73.Little Bald Knob5660532Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.314 
 Spruce Mountain5647107Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
74.Buck Knob5620440Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.012 
74.Brown Lead5620320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
74.Graveyard Ridge5620200Great Balsam Mountains.517 
 Little Butt562080Black Mountains.326 
 Grassy Bald5613113Great Balsam Mountains.54 
77.Silers Bald5607267Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4105 
78.Hump Mountain5587927Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3112 
79.Rich Mountain Bald5583363Great Balsam Mountains2.113 
80.Huckleberry Knob55803440Unicoi Mountains29.4116 
80.Snake Mountain55802280Beech-Snake-Rich16.052 
80.Laurel Patch Bald5580320Great Balsam Mountains.511 
80.Charlies Bunion5580160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4147 
80.Buck Knob5580160Great Balsam Mountains.33 
80.Tanasee Bald5580160Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Beartrap Knob5580120Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Jenkins Knob558073Central Great Smoky Mountains.245 
86.Campbell Lick5576236Plott Balsams1.17 
87.Gage Bald5574194Great Balsam Mountains.69 
88.Porters-False Peak5572272Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.224 
 Bear Ridge554888Black Mountains.30 
89.Elk Knob55401040Beech-Snake-Rich1.7232 
89.Hemphill Bald5540360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.221 
89.Charley Bald5540200Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Big Pine Mountain553373Black Mountains.31 
92.Thunderhead Mountain55271107Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9146 
 Old Butt Knob5525145Great Balsam Mountains.421 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551858Beech-Snake-Rich.455 
93.Big Bald55162576Bald Mountains15.9157 
94.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.911 
95.Whim Knob5501361Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711 
96.Beech Mountain55001480Beech-Snake-Rich6.223 
96.Bunches Bald55001004Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.118 
96.Big Junction East5500280Unicoi Mountains1.69 
96.Setzer Mountain5500200Plott Balsams.54 
96.Brush Fence Ridge5500160Black Mountains.418 
101.Standing Indian54992839Georgia Blue Ridge32.4184 
102.Pecks Corner South5490190Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.37 
 Walker Knob5482142Black Mountains.319 
103.Doubletop Mountain5481941Great Balsam Mountains3.310 
 Beartown Mountain5480140Roan-Unaka Mountains.534 
104.Haw Knob5472212Unicoi Mountains.852 
105.Snaggy Bald5471571Great Balsam Mountains1.77 
106.Blockhouse Mountain5470610Western Great Smoky Mountains1.33 
107.Lost Knob5467167Great Balsam Mountains.41 
108.Wine Spring Bald54601720Nantahala Mountains9.842 
108.Breakneck Ridge5460560Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.55 
108.Little Hump Mountain5460480Roan-Unaka Mountains1.398 
108.Hawk Mountain5460320Roan-Unaka Mountains.88 
108.Ogle Ridge5460280Black Mountains.95 
108.Big Yellow Mountain5460200Roan-Unaka Mountains2.029 
 Soco Bald546080Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.414 
 The Sawteeth5452112Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.333 
114.Coxcomb Mountain54431183Black Mountains2.36 
 Rocky Top544161Western Great Smoky Mountains.3104 
115.Hooper Bald5429169Unicoi Mountains.826 
116.Walker Bald5420680Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
116.Pinnacle Bald5420280Plott Balsams.76 
116.Bald Knob5420200N NC Blue Ridge Crest.611 
116.Parker Knob5420160Great Balsam Mountains.32 
120.Peak 54015401341Plott Balsams.86 
121.Stratton Bald53801080Unicoi Mountains3.433 
121.Snowball Mountain5380480Great Craggy Mountains1.126 
121.Graybeard Mountain5380360N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.738 
121.Sugartree Licks North5380240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.45 
125.Rich Mountain Bald5372952Beech-Snake-Rich1.221 
126.Wayah Bald5342162Nantahala Mountains1.1128 
127.Crabtree Bald53402720Newfound Mountain Region11.626 
127.Rocky Bald5340440Nantahala Mountains1.16 
127.Fryingpan Mountain5340400Great Balsam Mountains2.365 
 The Narrows534080Great Balsam Mountains.430 
130.Moody Top5320340Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
131.Big Bald53071167Roan-Unaka Mountains4.612 
132.Little Bald Mountain5300360Great Balsam Mountains1.233 
132.Big Bald5300360Great Balsam Mountains.827 
132.Birdstand Mountain5300280Great Balsam Mountains.97 
132.Little Pisgah Mountain5300200Great Balsam Mountains.579 
 Linville Peak530080N NC Blue Ridge Crest.252 
 Bearpen Knob528868Great Craggy Mountains.39 
136.Heintooga Bald5266206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55 
137.High Top5263403Great Balsam Mountains1.78 
138.Tusquitee Bald52601760Nantahala Mountains7.823 
138.Yellow Bald52601040Georgia Blue Ridge3.19 
138.Rocky Knob South5260200N NC Blue Ridge Crest.723 
141.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.828 
142.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249389Unicoi Mountains1.420 
143.Lane Pinnacle5230610Great Craggy Mountains1.619 
144.Sugar Mountain52201120N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.138 
144.Siler Bald52201080Nantahala Mountains2.162 
144.Hanging Rock52201040Beech-Snake-Rich2.630 
144.Cold Spring Knob5220360Central Great Smoky Mountains1.748 
144.Little Bald5220320Bald Mountains1.361 
144.Albert Mountain5220240Georgia Blue Ridge.4113 
150.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.97 
151.Brier Knob5215355Western Great Smoky Mountains1.239 
151.Potrock Bald5215195Nantahala Mountains.713 
 Tater Hill519494Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
153.Unaka Mountain51901450Roan-Unaka Mountains8.268 
153.High Rocks5190730Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85 
155.Lower Hughes Ridge5188368Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.08 
156.Coward Bald5187327Great Balsam Mountains.75 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
157.The Peak5180880Beech-Snake-Rich5.427 
157.Newton Bald5180600Central Great Smoky Mountains5.114 
157.Nettle Creek Bald5180598Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513 
157.Cosby Knob5180486Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.733 
157.South Hooper Bald5180440Unicoi Mountains.76 
157.Licklog Mountain5180200Black Mountains.72 
157.Beech Mountain-East Summit5180200Beech-Snake-Rich1.213 
157.Middle Top5180160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40 
157.Little Haw Knob5180160Unicoi Mountains.41 
 Beech Knob5180120Great Balsam Mountains.42 
 Elk Hollow Ridge5180120Roan-Unaka Mountains.429 
 Hangover518080Unicoi Mountains.414 
166.Upper Highland Ridge5166266Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
 High Knob5163103Black Mountains.30 
167.Sandymush Bald5152492Newfound Mountain Region2.736 
168.Peak 51495149249Nantahala Mountains.910 
169.Indian Knob5137437Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
170.De Armond Bald5136196Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
171.Yellow Mountain51271547South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.227 
172.Rich Benchmark5106526Great Balsam Mountains1.65 
173.Bluff Mountain51001640Beech-Snake-Rich4.019 
173.Green Knob5100800N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.552 
173.Pilot Mountain5100541Great Balsam Mountains1.947 
173.Big Butt5100360Georgia Blue Ridge.88 
173.Yellow Spot5100240Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02 
173.Rocky Bald5100240Nantahala Mountains1.022 
 Ross Knob5100102Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.78 
179.Purchase Knob5086346Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27 
180.Bearwallow Knob5085305Black Mountains.52 
181.North Eaglenest Mountain5071531Plott Balsams2.56 
182.Mount Squires5070210Western Great Smoky Mountains1.024 
183.Soco Gap North5065245Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
183.Docks Gap East5065165Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50 
185.Cheoah Bald50622377Cheoah Mountains8.2106 
186.Little Bald Knob5060640Georgia Blue Ridge1.310 
186.Mount Davis5060360Central Great Smoky Mountains1.419 
186.Perry Top5060360Plott Balsams1.04 
186.Big Scaly5060320Georgia Blue Ridge.510 
186.Cataloochee Divide5060280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
186.Fie Top5060240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64 
186.Dead Line Ridge5060160Nantahala Mountains.48 
193.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.915 
194.Becks Bald5053433Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.84 
 Seniard Mountain505272Great Balsam Mountains.24 
195.Ridgepole Mountain5043703Georgia Blue Ridge2.314 
196.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.156 
197.Eaglenest Ridge5040220Plott Balsams.95 
198.Three Top Mountain50201289Beech-Snake-Rich2.424 
198.Shortoff Mountain5020920South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.922 
198.Yellow Mountain5020679Georgia Blue Ridge1.210 
198.Blue Knob5020600Black Mountains1.12 
198.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020600Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.92 
198.Sunup Knob5020200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.718 
198.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5020160Beech-Snake-Rich2.111 
 Pinnacle Mountain502080Georgia Blue Ridge.28 
 Leatherwood Top502080Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
 Matlock Bald501474Nantahala Mountains.45 
205.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.19 
 Peak 49604980280Newfound Mountain Region.510 
 Weatherman Bald4980160Nantahala Mountains.41 
 Wolfden Knob4980160Great Craggy Mountains.47 
 Lickstone Ridge4980160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20 
 Hawkbill Rock4980120Great Craggy Mountains.221 
 Art Stewart Ridge498080Unicoi 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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