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Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet

Showing Rickey Shortt's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (42 out of 42, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.VA-GraysonMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge RangesUnknown
1.VA-SmythMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge RangesUnknown
3.NC-YanceyMount Mitchell6684Central Blue Ridge Ranges1991-06-08
4.VA-WashingtonWhitetop Mountain5520Western Blue Ridge Ranges1991-07-20
5.NC-CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front1991-08-03
5.NC-WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front1991-08-03
7.VA-TazewellBalsam Beartown Mountain4710Southern Appalachian Ridges1991-12-08
8.NC-MitchellRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges1993-06-27
8.TN-CarterRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges1993-06-27
8.NC-AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Western Blue Ridge Ranges1993-06-27
11.NC-SwainClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1993-07-31
11.TN-SevierClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1993-07-31
13.GA-TownsBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front1993-10-23
13.GA-UnionBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front1993-10-23
15.WV-PendletonSpruce Knob4861Allegheny Mountains1994-06-11
16.TN-UnicoiBig Bald5516Western Blue Ridge Ranges1994-09-18
17.NC-JacksonRichland Balsam6410Central Blue Ridge Ranges1996-08-31
18.NH-CoösMount Washington6288White Mountains1996-09-12
19.GA-RabunRabun Bald4696Southern Blue Ridge Front1997-03-08
20.NC-BuncombePotato Knob6400Central Blue Ridge Ranges1997-06-15
21.TN-BlountThunderhead Mountain5527Great Smoky Mountains1997-11-08
22.NC-TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Central Blue Ridge Ranges1998-06-13
23.ME-PiscataquisKatahdin5268Longfellow Mountains1998-09-24
24.NC-McDowellThe Pinnacle5665Southern Blue Ridge Front1999-06-19
25.NY-EssexMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains1999-09-28
26.TN-JohnsonSnake Mountain-North Peak5518Western Blue Ridge Ranges2000-12-02
27.NC-ClayStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-07-28
27.NC-MaconStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-07-28
29.NH-GraftonMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2004-09-27
30.VA-RussellBeartown Mountain4689Southern Appalachian Ridges2008-05-10
31.NC-AsheThe Peak5160Western Blue Ridge Ranges2009-02-21
32.NC-MadisonSandymush Bald5152Central Blue Ridge Ranges2009-04-12
33.NC-HaywoodMount Guyot6621Great Smoky Mountains2009-08-21
33.TN-CockeOld Black6370Great Smoky Mountains2009-08-21
35.TN-GreeneGravel Knob4852Western Blue Ridge Ranges2010-05-29
36.WV-PocahontasThorny Flat4848Allegheny Mountains2010-10-03
37.VA-HighlandLittle Ridge4546Central Appalachian Ridges2010-10-09
38.NC-HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Central Blue Ridge Ranges2010-10-16
39.NC-CherokeeCounty Corner Point5060Central Blue Ridge Ranges2010-10-17
40.NC-GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Southern Blue Ridge Front2010-10-19
41.TN-MonroeHaw Knob5472Southern Blue Ridge Front2010-10-20
42.WV-RandolphMount Porte Crayon4770Allegheny Mountains2012-08-11

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This list shows all the peaks that are over 4,500 feet high and also the highest point in a county (or equivalent) east of the Missisppi River in the United States. It is interesting to note that Mount Mitchell gives Yancey County a national rank of #315 out of the 3141 counties. This means that almost exactly 10% of U.S. counties are higher than the highest one in the east. Mount Washington would rank Coos County #335.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by Carl Mills, Fred Lobdell, Michael Kornbau, and Andy Martin.

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