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Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (37 out of 42, or 88.1%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.NC-YanceyMount Mitchell6684Central Blue Ridge Ranges1983-06-25
2.NC-SwainClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1993-09-10
2.TN-SevierClingmans Dome6643Great Smoky Mountains1993-09-10
4.NC-HaywoodMount Guyot6621Great Smoky Mountains1984-11-24
5.NC-JacksonRichland Balsam6410Central Blue Ridge Ranges2004-10-23
6.NC-BuncombePotato Knob6400Central Blue Ridge Ranges2006-10-18 11
7.TN-CockeOld Black6370Great Smoky Mountains2011-10-24
8.NH-CoösMount Washington6288White Mountains2005-08-18
9.NC-MitchellRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges2004-10-23
9.TN-CarterRoan High Knob6285Western Blue Ridge Ranges2004-10-23
11.NC-AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Western Blue Ridge Ranges2004-10-23
12.NC-TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Central Blue Ridge Ranges1999-06-27 10
13.NC-CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front2007-12-31 13
13.NC-WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946Southern Blue Ridge Front2007-12-31 13
15.VA-GraysonMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge Ranges2010-10-11 14
15.VA-SmythMount Rogers5729Western Blue Ridge Ranges2010-10-11 14
17.NC-McDowellThe Pinnacle5665Southern Blue Ridge Front2006-10-18 13
18.NC-GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-10-22 18
19.TN-BlountThunderhead Mountain5527Great Smoky Mountains1978-10-29
20.VA-WashingtonWhitetop Mountain5520Western Blue Ridge Ranges2015-04-20 17
21.TN-JohnsonSnake Mountain-North Peak5518Western Blue Ridge Ranges2010-10-11 10
22.TN-UnicoiBig Bald5516Western Blue Ridge Ranges1983-06-12
23.NC-ClayStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2008-01-04 09
23.NC-MaconStanding Indian5499Southern Blue Ridge Front2008-01-04 09
25.TN-MonroeHaw Knob5472Southern Blue Ridge Front2004-10-22 17
26.NY-EssexMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains2008-09-23
27.NC-HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Central Blue Ridge Ranges2007-12-27 15
28.ME-PiscataquisKatahdin5268Longfellow Mountains2005-08-19 14
29.NH-GraftonMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2008-09-26
30.NC-AsheThe Peak5160Western Blue Ridge Ranges 
31.NC-MadisonSandymush Bald5152Central Blue Ridge Ranges 
32.NC-CherokeeCounty Corner Point5060Central Blue Ridge Ranges2008-01-04 14
33.WV-PendletonSpruce Knob4861Allegheny Mountains1997-04-12
34.TN-GreeneGravel Knob4852Western Blue Ridge Ranges2015-04-18 10
35.WV-PocahontasThorny Flat4848Allegheny Mountains 
36.GA-TownsBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front2002-11-15
36.GA-UnionBrasstown Bald4784Southern Blue Ridge Front2002-11-15
38.WV-RandolphMount Porte Crayon4770Allegheny Mountains 
39.VA-TazewellBalsam Beartown Mountain4710Southern Appalachian Ridges2010-10-16 11
40.GA-RabunRabun Bald4696Southern Blue Ridge Front2001-10-18 15
41.VA-RussellBeartown Mountain4689Southern Appalachian Ridges2015-04-21 12
42.VA-HighlandLittle Ridge4546Central Appalachian Ridges 

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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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