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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence

RankPeak Prom-Ft
StateRange (Level 4)Isol-Mi
21.Brasstown Bald21084784GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.9
36.Big Bald Mountain17754075GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.2
29.Black Mountain19194139KentuckyCumberland Mountains14.7
53.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark16203430KentuckyCumberland Mountains6.0
1.Mount Mitchell60926684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1189.0
5.Richland Balsam30306410North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges27.1
27.Waterrock Knob19476292North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.6
13.Grandfather Mountain24465946North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.7
4.Huckleberry Knob34405580North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front29.4
18.Snake Mountain22805580North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges16.0
6.Standing Indian28395499North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front32.4
43.Wine Spring Bald17205460North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.8
9.Crabtree Bald27205340North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.6
37.Tusquitee Bald17605260North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges7.8
50.Bluff Mountain16405100North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.0
15.Cheoah Bald23775062North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.2
47.Cowee Bald16844944North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.3
46.Phoenix Mountain16904710North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.5
 Mount Jefferson16004660North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.2
39.Little Pisgah Mountain17524412North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.7
 Pig Pen Bluff16114401North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges5.3
 High Peak16004260North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.0
41.Sugarloaf Mountain17453965North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front6.1
51.Signal Pole Hill16393459North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front12.9
34.Icy Knob17803000North CarolinaPiedmont17.4
 Mount Guyot16016621North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains16.7
3.Roan High Knob35056285North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges18.8
10.Big Bald25765516North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges15.9
42.Camp Creek Bald17374844North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.6
52.Holston High Point16304300TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges10.9
11.Big Frog Mountain25204220TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front28.6
35.Cove Mountain17774077TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains4.5
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob16653765TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains3.3
16.English Mountain23123629TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains10.9
33.Hall Top17903610TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6.4
22.Cross Mountain21043534TennesseeCumberland Mountains46.4
40.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak17483118TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges20.9
31.Oswald Dome18403020TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.3
2.Clingmans Dome45136643Tennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains70.7
12.Mount Rogers24695729VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges40.5
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain21404710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges28.2
14.Elliott Knob24434463VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.1
43.Morris Knob17204460VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges9.8
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West15924380VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges4.4
23.Bald Knob20614361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges49.6
 Bald Knob16004260VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges22.6
7.Apple Orchard Mountain28354225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge33.7
24.High Knob20534223VirginiaCumberland Mountains40.3
48.Sugar Run Mountain16774087VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges14.5
17.Rocky Mountain22824072VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge26.2
19.Hawksbill21684050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge40.0
28.Big House Mountain19453645VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges16.4
38.Sugarloaf Mountain17563626VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges13.4
30.Lairds Knob18923282VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges12.2
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak19602932VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge10.5
31.No Business Mountain18402770VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge5.4
 Heard Mountain16002390VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge7.8
25.Reddish Knob20174397Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges15.3
8.Spruce Knob27914861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains175.4
45.Thorny Flat17084848West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains32.5

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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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