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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence

Showing Robert Kleffner's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 50, or 0%)

RankPeak Prom-M  Elev-M StateRange (Level 4)Isol-KmAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell18562037North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1913.51325 
2.Clingmans Dome13732025North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains113.81357 
3.Roan High Knob10621916North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges30.2292 
4.Huckleberry Knob10361695North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front47.3118 
5.Richland Balsam9171954North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges43.6170 
6.Apple Orchard Mountain8611288VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge54.2157 
7.Standing Indian8591676North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front52.2185 
8.Spruce Knob8481482West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains282.3801 
9.Crabtree Bald8171622North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges18.627 
10.Big Bald7791681North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges25.5157 
11.Big Frog Mountain7561280TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front46.154 
12.Mount Rogers7461746VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges65.2873 
13.Grandfather Mountain7391812North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front23.6239 
14.Elliott Knob7391360VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges43.663 
15.Cheoah Bald7181543North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges13.2106 
16.English Mountain6991106TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains17.531 
17.Rocky Mountain6931241VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge42.169 
18.Snake Mountain6831695North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges25.754 
19.Hawksbill6551234VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge64.4345 
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain6491436VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges45.446 
21.Brasstown Bald6431458GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front25.5934 
22.Cross Mountain6381077TennesseeCumberland Mountains74.645 
23.High Knob6231287VirginiaCumberland Mountains64.967 
24.Bald Knob6221329VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges79.969 
25.Reddish Knob6091340Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges24.649 
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak597894VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge16.910 
27.Waterrock Knob5931918North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges17.1134 
28.Big House Mountain5871111VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges26.425 
29.Black Mountain5791262KentuckyCumberland Mountains23.6549 
30.Lairds Knob5741000VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges19.66 
31.No Business Mountain555841VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge8.710 
32.Oswald Dome549914TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.013 
33.Hall Top5391100TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.311 
34.Icy Knob536914North CarolinaPiedmont28.018 
35.Cove Mountain5361243TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains7.318 
36.Big Bald Mountain5351242GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front27.745 
37.Sugarloaf Mountain5321105VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges21.66 
38.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak530950TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges33.618 
39.Camp Creek Bald5291476North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges9.056 
40.Little Pisgah Mountain5281345North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.337 
41.Sugarloaf Mountain5261209North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.844 
42.Tusquitee Bald5241597North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges12.623 
43.Thorny Flat5151478West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains52.325 
44.Wine Spring Bald5121658North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges15.742 
44.Morris Knob5121353VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges15.87 
46.Sugar Run Mountain5111246VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges23.419 
47.Phoenix Mountain5091436North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges8.911 
48.Cowee Bald5071507North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges14.922 
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob5011148TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains5.414 
50.Bluff Mountain4941554North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.519 
 Signal Pole Hill4931054North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front20.85 
 Pig Pen Bluff4881341North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.56 
 Holston High Point4881305TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges17.546 
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark4881042KentuckyCumberland Mountains9.77 
 Mount Guyot4822018North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains26.9120 
 Heard Mountain482725VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge12.64 
 Mount Jefferson4751414North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.850 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West4751329VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges7.05 
 High Peak4751292North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.58 
 Bald Knob4751292VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges36.46 

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List Description

List Info

Even though the Southern Appalachians are higher than the Northern Appalachians, they can only muster 24 peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, compared to 54 north of the Potomac. Lack of glaciation has left the southern peaks more rounded and gentle, and thus the ruggedness needed for lots of high prominence peaks is lacking. Still, this is a nice list, an excellent alternative to the list of tightly clustered 6000-foot peaks of the South. North Carolina still (entirely or partially) claims 21 of the ranked 50 peaks, but that means that over half are in the other mountainous Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky

Due to a lack of accurate survey elevations for many peaks and saddles in the region, the lower reaches of this list are made up of several summits with overlapping prominence ranges. The value listed here is the clean prominence, so the list cuts off at 1620 feet of clean prom, just below Bluff Mountain. But the unranked peaks below could very well be on the "Fifty Finest" list--for example, Bald Knob could have as much as 1640 feet of prominence, more that Bluff's clean value. To claim a list completion, a climber should probably do the unranked peaks to increase the chance that the actual top 50 were climbed.

Finally, this list shows Rocky Mountain, VA with 2272 feet of prominence, but there are several nearby peaks (Pleasant, Maintop, Bald) with 4040-to-4079 foot contours that could perhaps "steal" the prominence from Rocky. So it is probalby wise to visit those contenders, too.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 2000 by Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and Ron Tagliapietra.
  • List generation helped by Edward Earl's WinProm program.
  • Posts made to the Yahoo Prominence Group online forum.
  • Prominence values in this list may not agree 100% with sources, due to different interpretations of key col spot elevations and out-dated peak elevations in the PBC Database.


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