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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-Ft  Elev-Ft StateRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
 Mount Mitchell60896684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1189.01326 
 Clingmans Dome45036643North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains70.71358 
 Mount Guyot15816621North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains16.7120 
 Richland Balsam30106410North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges27.1170 
 Waterrock Knob19476292North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.6134 
 Roan High Knob34856285North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges18.8292 
 Grandfather Mountain24265946North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.7239 
 Mount Rogers24495729VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges40.5875 
 Huckleberry Knob34005560North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front29.4118 
 Snake Mountain22405560North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges16.054 
 Big Bald25565516North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges15.9157 
 Standing Indian28195499North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front32.4185 
 Wine Spring Bald16805440North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.842 
 Crabtree Bald26805320North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.627 
 Tusquitee Bald17205240North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges7.823 
 Bluff Mountain16205100North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.019 
 Cheoah Bald23575062North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.2106 
 Cowee Bald16644944North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.322 
 Spruce Knob27814861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains175.4802 
 Thorny Flat16884848West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains32.525 
 Camp Creek Bald17374844North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.656 
 Brasstown Bald21084784GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.9935 
 Balsam Beartown Mountain21304710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges28.246 
 Phoenix Mountain16704710North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.511 
 Mount Jefferson15604640North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.250 
 Elliott Knob24234463VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.163 
 Morris Knob16804440VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges9.87 
 Little Pisgah Mountain17324412North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.737 
 Pig Pen Bluff16014401North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges5.36 
 Reddish Knob19974397Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges15.349 
 Bald Knob20414361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges49.669 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West15604360VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges4.45 
 Holston High Point16004280TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges10.946 
 High Peak15604240North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.08 
 Bald Knob15604240VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges22.66 
 Apple Orchard Mountain28254225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge33.7157 
 High Knob20434223VirginiaCumberland Mountains40.367 
 Big Frog Mountain24804200TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front28.654 
 Black Mountain18994139KentuckyCumberland Mountains14.7549 
 Sugar Run Mountain16774087VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges14.519 
 Cove Mountain17574077TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains4.518 
 Big Bald Mountain17554075GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.245 
 Rocky Mountain22724072VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge26.269 
 Hawksbill21484050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge40.0345 
 Sugarloaf Mountain17253965North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front6.144 
 Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob16453765TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains3.314 
 Big House Mountain19253645VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges16.425 
 English Mountain22923629TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains10.931 
 Sugarloaf Mountain17463626VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges13.46 
 Hall Top17703610TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6.411 
 Cross Mountain20943534TennesseeCumberland Mountains46.445 
 Signal Pole Hill16193459North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front12.95 
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark16003420KentuckyCumberland Mountains6.07 
 Lairds Knob18823282VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges12.26 
 Chimneytop-Southwest Peak17383118TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges20.918 
 Icy Knob17603000North CarolinaPiedmont17.418 
 Oswald Dome18003000TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.313 
 Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak19602932VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge10.510 
 No Business Mountain18202760VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge5.410 
 Heard Mountain15802380VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge7.84 

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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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