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North Carolina County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.YanceyMount Mitchell2037Black Mountains1856 
2.SwainClingmans Dome2025Central Great Smoky Mountains1373 
3.HaywoodMount Guyot2018Eastern Great Smoky Mountains482 
4.JacksonRichland Balsam1954Great Balsam Mountains918 
5.BuncombePotato Knob1951Black Mountains12 
6.MitchellRoan High Knob1916Roan-Unaka Mountains1063 
7.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald1878Roan-Unaka Mountains198 
8.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald1829Great Balsam Mountains49 
9.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest739 
9.WataugaGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest739 
11.McDowellThe Pinnacle1727N NC Blue Ridge Crest142 
12.GrahamHuckleberry Knob1695Unicoi Mountains1037 
13.ClayStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge859 
13.MaconStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge859 
15.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain1609Great Balsam Mountains48 
16.AsheThe Peak1573Beech-Snake-Rich256 
17.MadisonSandymush Bald1570Newfound Mountain Region144 
18.CherokeeLaurel Top-Southwest Ridge1536Unicoi Mountains0 
19.BurkeLong Arm Mountain1305N NC Blue Ridge Crest171 
20.AlleghanyCatherine Knob1273N NC Blue Ridge Crest346 
21.WilkesThompkins Knob1244N NC Blue Ridge Crest281 
22.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain1209South NC Blue Ridge Crest526 
23.SurryFisher Peak1091South Virginia Blue Ridge274 
24.PolkTryon Peak1000South NC Blue Ridge Crest436 
25.ClevelandBenn Knob878Western Carolina Piedmont122 
26.StokesMoores Knob786Eastern Carolina Piedmont439 
27.AlexanderHickory Knob780Eastern Carolina Piedmont292 
28.CatawbaBaker Mountain543Western Carolina Piedmont183 
29.YadkinClick Benchmark535Eastern Carolina Piedmont181 
30.IredellFox Mountain530Eastern Carolina Piedmont91 
31.GastonThe Pinnacle515Western Carolina Piedmont228 
32.LincolnBuffalo Knob451Western Carolina Piedmont64 
33.DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain362Eastern Carolina Piedmont152 
34.RandolphShepherd Mountain351Eastern Carolina Piedmont153 
35.ForsythForsyth County High Point335Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
36.RowanYoungs Mountain332Eastern Carolina Piedmont94 
37.RockinghamRockingham County High Point317Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
38.DavieDavie County High Point308Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
39.GuilfordGuilford County High Point305Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
40.AlamanceCane Creek Mountains296Eastern Carolina Piedmont83 
41.MontgomeryDark Mountain290Eastern Carolina Piedmont83 
42.StanlyMorrow Mountain274Eastern Carolina Piedmont117 
43.PersonRoxboro Hill271Eastern Carolina Piedmont67 
43.CabarrusCabarrus County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
43.MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
46.CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit268Eastern Carolina Piedmont18 
47.OrangeOcconeechee Mountain262Eastern Carolina Piedmont58 
48.UnionUnion County High Point238Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
49.ChathamChatham County High Point236Eastern Carolina Piedmont35 
50.DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak235Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
51.GranvilleGranville County High Point226Eastern Carolina Piedmont64 
52.MooreMoore County High Point223Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
53.AnsonGordon Mountain194Eastern Carolina Piedmont72 
54.RichmondRichmond County High Point189Eastern Carolina Piedmont55 
55.VanceVance County High Point174Eastern Carolina Piedmont22 
56.FranklinFranklin County High Point171Eastern Carolina Piedmont43 
57.HokeHoke County High Point168Eastern Carolina Piedmont31 
58.WakeWake County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont43 
58.LeeLee County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont28 
60.HarnettBig Ridge149Eastern Carolina Piedmont27 
61.CumberlandCumberland County High Point148Eastern Carolina Piedmont35 
62.ScotlandScotland County High Point147Eastern Carolina Piedmont22 
63.WarrenWarren County High Point146Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
64.HalifaxHalifax County High Point119Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
65.NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point113Virginia Piedmont25 
65.JohnstonJohnston County High Point113Eastern Carolina Piedmont9 
67.NashNash County High Point110Eastern Carolina Piedmont16 
68.WilsonWilson County High Point98Eastern Carolina Piedmont13 
69.RobesonRobeson County High Point73Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
70.SampsonSampson County High Point70Eastern Carolina Piedmont3 
71.WayneWayne County High Point59Eastern Carolina Piedmont10 
72.BladenBladen County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont13 
72.DuplinDuplin County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
74.LenoirLenoir County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
75.EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point43Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
76.GreeneGreene County High Point42Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
77.ColumbusColumbus County High Point40Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
78.PittPitt County High Point39Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
79.JonesJones County High Point38Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
80.PenderPender County High Point35Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
81.OnslowOnslow County High Point34Eastern Carolina Piedmont1 
82.DareJockeys Ridge30Eastern Carolina Piedmont28 
82.BertieBertie County High Point30Virginia Piedmont8 
84.HertfordHertford County High Point29Virginia Piedmont2 
85.MartinMartin County High Point28Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
86.GatesGates County High Point26Virginia Piedmont6 
87.New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
87.BrunswickBrunswick County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
89.CurrituckLuark Hill20Eastern Carolina Piedmont17 
89.BeaufortBeaufort County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
89.CravenCraven County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont1 
92.ChowanChowan County High Point16Virginia Piedmont1 
92.PerquimansPerquimans County High Point16Virginia Piedmont1 
94.PamlicoPamlico County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
94.WashingtonWashington County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont1 
96.CarteretCarteret County High Point14Eastern Carolina Piedmont14 
97.HydeOcracoke Island High Point8Eastern Carolina Piedmont8 
98.CamdenCamden County High Point6Virginia Piedmont  
98.PasquotankPasquotank County High Point6Virginia Piedmont  
100.TyrrellTyrrell County High Point5Eastern Carolina Piedmont3 

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in North Carolina, you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1994 by Fred Lobdell, limited review by David Olson and Andy Martin.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for points in the lowlands of the state provided by the web site, and manually verified.


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