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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence

Showing Robert Kleffner's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 53, or 0%)

RankPeak Prom-Ft
StateRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell60926684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1189.01328 
2.Clingmans Dome45136643North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains70.71360 
3.Roan High Knob35056285North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges18.8293 
4.Huckleberry Knob34405580North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front29.4118 
5.Richland Balsam30306410North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges27.1170 
6.Standing Indian28395499North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front32.4185 
7.Apple Orchard Mountain28354225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge33.7157 
8.Spruce Knob27914861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains175.4803 
9.Crabtree Bald27205340North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.627 
10.Big Bald25765516North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges15.9157 
11.Big Frog Mountain25204220TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front28.654 
12.Mount Rogers24695729VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges40.5875 
13.Grandfather Mountain24465946North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.7240 
14.Elliott Knob24434463VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.163 
15.Cheoah Bald23775062North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.2106 
16.English Mountain23123629TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains10.931 
17.Rocky Mountain22824072VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge26.269 
18.Snake Mountain22805580North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges16.054 
19.Hawksbill21684050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge40.0346 
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain21404710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges28.246 
21.Brasstown Bald21084784GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.9935 
22.Cross Mountain21043534TennesseeCumberland Mountains46.445 
23.Bald Knob20614361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges49.669 
24.High Knob20534223VirginiaCumberland Mountains40.367 
25.Reddish Knob20174397Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges15.349 
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak19602932VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge10.510 
27.Waterrock Knob19476292North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.6134 
28.Big House Mountain19453645VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges16.425 
29.Black Mountain19194139KentuckyCumberland Mountains14.7549 
30.Lairds Knob18923282VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges12.26 
31.Oswald Dome18403020TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.313 
31.No Business Mountain18402770VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge5.410 
33.Hall Top17903610TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6.411 
34.Icy Knob17803000North CarolinaPiedmont17.418 
35.Cove Mountain17774077TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains4.518 
36.Big Bald Mountain17754075GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.245 
37.Tusquitee Bald17605260North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges7.823 
38.Sugarloaf Mountain17563626VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges13.46 
39.Little Pisgah Mountain17524412North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.737 
40.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak17483118TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges20.918 
41.Sugarloaf Mountain17453965North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front6.144 
42.Camp Creek Bald17374844North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.656 
43.Wine Spring Bald17205460North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.842 
43.Morris Knob17204460VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges9.87 
45.Thorny Flat17084848West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains32.525 
46.Phoenix Mountain16904710North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.511 
47.Cowee Bald16844944North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.322 
48.Sugar Run Mountain16774087VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges14.519 
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob16653765TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains3.314 
50.Bluff Mountain16405100North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.019 
51.Signal Pole Hill16393459North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front12.95 
52.Holston High Point16304300TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges10.946 
53.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark16203430KentuckyCumberland Mountains6.07 
 Pig Pen Bluff16114401North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges5.36 
 Mount Guyot16016621North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains16.7120 
 Mount Jefferson16004660North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.250 
 High Peak16004260North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.08 
 Bald Knob16004260VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges22.66 
 Heard Mountain16002390VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge7.84 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West15924380VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges4.45 

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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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