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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846094Black Mountains1189.01311 
2.Mount Craig6647327Black Mountains.9330 
3.Clingmans Dome66434523Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71342 
4.Balsam Cone6640440Black Mountains.9210 
4.Cattail Peak6640200Black Mountains1.5164 
6.Mount Guyot66211621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7120 
7.Mount Gibbes6560480Black Mountains2.096 
 Clingmans Peak6560120Black Mountains2.354 
 Potato Hill6475155Black Mountains.2143 
 Potato Knob6440120Black Mountains.370 
8.Mount Chapman6417617Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.366 
9.Richland Balsam64103050Great Balsam Mountains27.1168 
10.Old Black6370210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4101 
11.Blackstock Knob6360520Black Mountains1.666 
12.Mount Hallback6329169Black Mountains.098 
13.Celo Knob6327647Black Mountains3.596 
14.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6131 
15.Roan High Knob62853525Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8290 
16.Mount Lyn Lowry6280440Plott Balsams1.568 
16.Browning Knob6280200Plott Balsams.362 
18.Roan High Bluff6267187Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5129 
19.Gibbs Mountain6240200Black Mountains.781 
19.Percys Peak6240160Black Mountains.347 
 Cloudland Mountain6240120Roan-Unaka Mountains.392 
21.Luftee Knob6234354Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.235 
22.Mount Kephart6217697Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7170 
23.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9246 
24.Winter Star Mountain6203323Black Mountains1.0131 
25.Grassy Ridge Bald6200688Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3217 
26.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4220 
27.Mount Yonaguska6178258Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.421 
28.Marks Knob6169289Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.034 
29.Mount Hardy6160840Great Balsam Mountains3.470 
 Mount Ambler6160126Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4118 
 Grassy Ridge6160120Roan-Unaka Mountains.340 
30.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155675Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.636 
 Tricorner Knob614565Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.351 
 Mount Hardison6134134Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.411 
31.Craggy Dome61201080Great Craggy Mountains3.478 
31.Reinhart Knob6120280Great Balsam Mountains1.057 
 Thermo Knob6120120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.58 
33.Plott Balsam Mountain6088408Plott Balsams1.649 
34.Sam Knob6080440Great Balsam Mountains1.0125 
34.Grassy Cove Top6080400Great Balsam Mountains1.2126 
34.Tennent Mountain6080200Great Balsam Mountains.4195 
37.Shining Rock6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.3163 
37.Chestnut Bald6040240Great Balsam Mountains1.3103 
39.Yellow Face6032352Plott Balsams1.071 
40.Cold Mountain60301030Great Balsam Mountains4.3106 
41.Mount Sequoyah6003203Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.692 
 Silvermine Bald6000120Great Balsam Mountains.437 
42.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.111 
43.Big Butt5960760Black Mountains2.930 
43.Rough Butt Bald5960560Great Balsam Mountains2.117 
43.Bullhead Mountain5960400Great Craggy Mountains.822 
43.Cold Spring Knob5960360Great Balsam Mountains1.07 
43.Andrews Bald5960240Central Great Smoky Mountains.849 
48.Grandfather Mountain59462466N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7232 
49.Chiltoes Mountain5920360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310 
49.Attic Window Peak5920320N NC Blue Ridge Crest.891 
49.Green Knob5920200Great Balsam Mountains1.413 
49.Flower Knob5920160Great Balsam Mountains.342 
 Stairs Mountain5920130Great Balsam Mountains.546 
53.Laurel Top5907467Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.921 
54.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.578 
55.Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains.511 
56.Little Sam Knob5862222Great Balsam Mountains.518 
57.Eagle Rocks5849369Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.036 
58.MacRae Peak5845205N NC Blue Ridge Crest.192 
59.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.893 
60.Spot Knob5840280Great Balsam Mountains.713 
60.Round Bald5840240Roan-Unaka Mountains.6214 
 Jane Bald5840120Roan-Unaka Mountains.4181 
62.Blackrock Mountain5810210Plott Balsams1.322 
63.Old Bald5800280Great Balsam Mountains1.08 
64.Dog Loser Knob5761161Great Balsam Mountains.420 
65.Balsam High Top5760320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611 
65.Herrin Knob5760280Great Balsam Mountains.410 
65.Little Bearpen North5760200Great Balsam Mountains.42 
65.Devils Courthouse5760160Great Balsam Mountains.476 
69.Mount Pisgah57211401Great Balsam Mountains5.6112 
70.Steestachee Bald5720600Great Balsam Mountains2.412 
70.Peak 56805720344Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.111 
70.Flat Spring Knob5720240Black Mountains.412 
70.Craggy Gardens5720240Great Craggy Mountains.435 
70.Masa Knob5720206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.446 
75.Point Misery5715395Black Mountains1.230 
76.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.29 
77.Little Bald Knob5680552Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.314 
78.The Pinnacle5665505N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.779 
 Spruce Mountain5647127Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
79.Buck Knob5640480Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.012 
79.Brown Lead5640360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
79.Graveyard Ridge5640240Great Balsam Mountains.517 
 Little Butt5640120Black Mountains.325 
 Grassy Bald5613133Great Balsam Mountains.54 
82.Silers Bald5607287Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4104 
83.Huckleberry Knob56003480Unicoi Mountains29.4116 
83.Snake Mountain56002320Beech-Snake-Rich16.052 
83.Laurel Patch Bald5600360Great Balsam Mountains.511 
83.Charlies Bunion5600200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4146 
83.Buck Knob5600200Great Balsam Mountains.33 
83.Tanasee Bald5600200Great Balsam Mountains.44 
83.Beartrap Knob5600160Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Jenkins Knob560093Central Great Smoky Mountains.245 
90.Hump Mountain5587947Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3112 
91.Rich Mountain Bald5583383Great Balsam Mountains2.113 
92.Campbell Lick5576256Plott Balsams1.17 
93.Gage Bald5574214Great Balsam Mountains.69 
94.Porters-False Peak5572292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.224 
95.Elk Knob55601080Beech-Snake-Rich1.7232 
95.Hemphill Bald5560400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.221 
95.Charley Bald5560240Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Bear Ridge5548108Black Mountains.30 
 Big Pine Mountain553393Black Mountains.31 
98.Thunderhead Mountain55271127Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9146 
99.Old Butt Knob5525165Great Balsam Mountains.420 
100.Beech Mountain55201520Beech-Snake-Rich6.223 
100.Bunches Bald55201024Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.118 
100.Big Junction East5520320Unicoi Mountains1.69 
100.Setzer Mountain5520240Plott Balsams.54 
100.Brush Fence Ridge5520200Black Mountains.418 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551878Beech-Snake-Rich.455 
105.Big Bald55162596Bald Mountains15.9157 
106.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.911 
107.Whim Knob5501381Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711 
108.Standing Indian54992859Georgia Blue Ridge32.4184 
109.Pecks Corner South5490210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.37 
110.Walker Knob5482162Black Mountains.319 
111.Doubletop Mountain5481961Great Balsam Mountains3.310 
112.Wine Spring Bald54801760Nantahala Mountains9.842 
112.Breakneck Ridge5480600Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.55 
112.Little Hump Mountain5480520Roan-Unaka Mountains1.398 
112.Hawk Mountain5480360Roan-Unaka Mountains.88 
112.Ogle Ridge5480320Black Mountains.95 
112.Big Yellow Mountain5480240Roan-Unaka Mountains2.029 
112.Beartown Mountain5480160Roan-Unaka Mountains.534 
 Soco Bald5480120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.414 
119.Haw Knob5472232Unicoi Mountains.852 
120.Snaggy Bald5471591Great Balsam Mountains1.77 
121.Blockhouse Mountain5470630Western Great Smoky Mountains1.33 
122.Lost Knob5467187Great Balsam Mountains.41 
 The Sawteeth5452132Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.333 
123.Coxcomb Mountain54431203Black Mountains2.35 
 Rocky Top544181Western Great Smoky Mountains.3104 
124.Walker Bald5440720Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
124.Pinnacle Bald5440320Plott Balsams.76 
124.Bald Knob5440240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.611 
124.Parker Knob5440200Great Balsam Mountains.32 
128.Hooper Bald5429189Unicoi Mountains.826 
129.Peak 54015401361Plott Balsams.86 
130.Stratton Bald54001120Unicoi Mountains3.433 
130.Snowball Mountain5400520Great Craggy Mountains1.126 
130.Graybeard Mountain5400400N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.737 
130.Sugartree Licks North5400280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.45 
134.Rich Mountain Bald5372972Beech-Snake-Rich1.221 
135.Crabtree Bald53602760Newfound Mountain Region11.623 
135.Rocky Bald5360480Nantahala Mountains1.16 
135.Fryingpan Mountain5360440Great Balsam Mountains2.364 
 The Narrows5360120Great Balsam Mountains.430 
138.Wayah Bald5342182Nantahala Mountains1.1128 
139.Little Bald Mountain5320400Great Balsam Mountains1.232 
139.Big Bald5320400Great Balsam Mountains.826 
139.Moody Top5320360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
139.Birdstand Mountain5320320Great Balsam Mountains.97 
139.Little Pisgah Mountain5320240Great Balsam Mountains.579 
 Linville Peak5320120N NC Blue Ridge Crest.252 
144.Big Bald53071187Roan-Unaka Mountains4.612 
 Bearpen Knob528888Great Craggy Mountains.39 
145.Tusquitee Bald52801800Nantahala Mountains7.823 
145.Yellow Bald52801080Georgia Blue Ridge3.19 
145.Rocky Knob South5280240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.722 
148.Heintooga Bald5266226Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55 
149.High Top5263423Great Balsam Mountains1.78 
150.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.828 
151.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249409Unicoi Mountains1.420 
152.Sugar Mountain52401160N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.138 
152.Siler Bald52401120Nantahala Mountains2.162 
152.Hanging Rock52401080Beech-Snake-Rich2.630 
152.Cold Spring Knob5240400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.748 
152.Little Bald5240360Bald Mountains1.361 
152.Albert Mountain5240280Georgia Blue Ridge.4113 
158.Lane Pinnacle5230630Great Craggy Mountains1.619 
159.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.97 
160.Brier Knob5215375Western Great Smoky Mountains1.239 
160.Potrock Bald5215215Nantahala Mountains.713 
162.Unaka Mountain52001480Roan-Unaka Mountains8.268 
162.The Peak5200920Beech-Snake-Rich5.427 
162.Newton Bald5200640Central Great Smoky Mountains5.114 
162.Nettle Creek Bald5200618Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513 
162.Cosby Knob5200506Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.733 
162.South Hooper Bald5200480Unicoi Mountains.76 
162.Licklog Mountain5200240Black Mountains.72 
162.Beech Mountain-East Summit5200240Beech-Snake-Rich1.213 
162.Middle Top5200200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40 
162.Little Haw Knob5200200Unicoi Mountains.41 
162.Beech Knob5200160Great Balsam Mountains.42 
162.Elk Hollow Ridge5200160Roan-Unaka Mountains.429 
 Hangover5200120Unicoi Mountains.414 
 Tater Hill5194114Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
174.High Rocks5190750Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85 
175.Lower Hughes Ridge5188388Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.08 
176.Coward Bald5187347Great Balsam Mountains.75 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
177.Upper Highland Ridge5166286Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
 High Knob5163123Black Mountains.30 
178.Sandymush Bald5152512Newfound Mountain Region2.733 
179.Peak 51495149269Nantahala Mountains.910 
180.Indian Knob5137457Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
181.De Armond Bald5136216Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
182.Yellow Mountain51271567South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.227 
183.Green Knob5120840N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.551 
183.Pilot Mountain5120561Great Balsam Mountains1.946 
183.Big Butt5120400Georgia Blue Ridge.88 
183.Yellow Spot5120280Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02 
183.Rocky Bald5120280Nantahala Mountains1.022 
 Ross Knob5120122Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.78 
188.Rich Benchmark5106546Great Balsam Mountains1.65 
189.Bluff Mountain51001660Beech-Snake-Rich4.019 
190.Purchase Knob5086366Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27 
191.Bearwallow Knob5085325Black Mountains.52 
192.Little Bald Knob5080680Georgia Blue Ridge1.310 
192.Mount Davis5080400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.419 
192.Perry Top5080400Plott Balsams1.04 
192.Big Scaly5080360Georgia Blue Ridge.510 
192.Cataloochee Divide5080320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
192.Fie Top5080280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64 
192.Dead Line Ridge5080200Nantahala Mountains.48 
199.North Eaglenest Mountain5071551Plott Balsams2.56 
200.Mount Squires5070230Western Great Smoky Mountains1.024 
201.Soco Gap North5065265Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
201.Docks Gap East5065185Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50 
203.Cheoah Bald50622397Cheoah Mountains8.2106 
204.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.915 
205.Becks Bald5053453Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.83 
 Seniard Mountain505292Great Balsam Mountains.24 
206.Ridgepole Mountain5043723Georgia Blue Ridge2.314 
207.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.156 
208.Three Top Mountain50401309Beech-Snake-Rich2.424 
208.Shortoff Mountain5040960South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.922 
208.Yellow Mountain5040699Georgia Blue Ridge1.210 
208.Blue Knob5040640Black Mountains1.12 
208.Sunup Knob5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.718 
208.Eaglenest Ridge5040240Plott Balsams.95 
208.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5040200Beech-Snake-Rich2.111 
 Pinnacle Mountain5040120Georgia Blue Ridge.28 
 Leatherwood Top5040120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
215.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020620Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.92 
 Matlock Bald501494Nantahala Mountains.45 
216.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.19 
217.Peak 49605000320Newfound Mountain Region.58 
217.Weatherman Bald5000200Nantahala Mountains.41 
217.Wolfden Knob5000200Great Craggy Mountains.47 
217.Lickstone Ridge5000200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20 
217.Hawkbill Rock5000160Great Craggy Mountains.220 
 Art Stewart Ridge5000120Unicoi 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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