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North Carolina County High Points

Showing Tom Layton's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (99 out of 100, or 99%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.SwainClingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031970
2.JacksonRichland Balsam6410Great Balsam Mountains30101998
3.McDowellThe Pinnacle5665N NC Blue Ridge Crest4652010-07-04
4.BurkeLong Arm Mountain4280N NC Blue Ridge Crest5602010-07-08
5.SurryFisher Peak3580South Virginia Blue Ridge9002010-07-11
6.AlleghanyCatherine Knob4175N NC Blue Ridge Crest11352010-07-18 a
7.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Great Balsam Mountains1602010-07-24
8.MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont1002010-08-05
9.RowanYoungs Mountain1090Eastern Carolina Piedmont3102010-08-08 a
10.DavieDavie County High Point1010Eastern Carolina Piedmont02010-08-08 b
11.IredellFox Mountain1740Eastern Carolina Piedmont3002010-08-09
12.ForsythForsyth County High Point1100Eastern Carolina Piedmont02010-11-06
13.CatawbaBaker Mountain1780Western Carolina Piedmont6002010-11-27 a
14.LincolnBuffalo Knob1480Western Carolina Piedmont2102010-11-27 b
15.AlexanderHickory Knob2560Eastern Carolina Piedmont9602010-11-28
16.GastonThe Pinnacle1690Western Carolina Piedmont7502010-12-30 a
17.ClevelandBenn Knob2880Western Carolina Piedmont4002011-01-01 a
18.YadkinClick Benchmark1755Eastern Carolina Piedmont5952011-01-29
19.CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit880Eastern Carolina Piedmont602011-03-05 b
20.AlamanceCane Creek Mountains970Eastern Carolina Piedmont2702011-03-05 c
21.GuilfordGuilford County High Point1000Eastern Carolina Piedmont02011-03-12 a
22.RandolphShepherd Mountain1150Eastern Carolina Piedmont5002011-03-12 b
23.MontgomeryDark Mountain953Eastern Carolina Piedmont2732011-03-12 c
24.CabarrusCabarrus County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont1002011-03-12 e
25.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Great Balsam Mountains1602011-04-20 a
26.BuncombePotato Knob6400Black Mountains402011-05-07 a
27.PolkTryon Peak3280South NC Blue Ridge Crest14302011-05-14 b
28.AsheThe Peak5160Beech-Snake-Rich8402011-10-08
29.StanlyMorrow Mountain900Eastern Carolina Piedmont3852012-11-03
30.DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak770Eastern Carolina Piedmont202013-05-25 a
31.PersonRoxboro Hill890Eastern Carolina Piedmont2202013-05-25 b
32.UnionUnion County High Point780Eastern Carolina Piedmont202013-11-10 a
33.AnsonGordon Mountain636Eastern Carolina Piedmont2362013-11-10 b
34.RichmondRichmond County High Point620Eastern Carolina Piedmont1802013-11-10 c
35.MooreMoore County High Point730Eastern Carolina Piedmont202015-05-14 a
36.HokeHoke County High Point550Eastern Carolina Piedmont1002015-05-14 b
37.ScotlandScotland County High Point482Eastern Carolina Piedmont722015-05-14 c
38.CumberlandCumberland County High Point486Eastern Carolina Piedmont1162015-05-14 d
39.RobesonRobeson County High Point242Eastern Carolina Piedmont82015-05-14 e
40.LeeLee County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont902015-05-14 f
41.ChathamChatham County High Point774Eastern Carolina Piedmont1142015-05-14 g
42.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain3965South NC Blue Ridge Crest17252015-05-23
43.GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Unicoi Mountains34002015-07-11 a
44.MitchellRoan High Knob6285Roan-Unaka Mountains34852015-08-22 b
45.DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain1188Eastern Carolina Piedmont4982015-11-08 a
46.HarnettBig Ridge490Eastern Carolina Piedmont902015-11-08 b
47.SampsonSampson County High Point230Eastern Carolina Piedmont102015-11-08 c
48.DuplinDuplin County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont02015-11-09 a
49.WayneWayne County High Point195Eastern Carolina Piedmont332015-11-09 b
50.GreeneGreene County High Point138Eastern Carolina Piedmont172015-11-09 c
51.PittPitt County High Point128Eastern Carolina Piedmont202015-11-09 d
52.WilsonWilson County High Point320Eastern Carolina Piedmont402015-11-09 e
52.EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point140Eastern Carolina Piedmont02015-11-09 e
54.NashNash County High Point360Eastern Carolina Piedmont502015-11-10 a
55.WarrenWarren County High Point480Eastern Carolina Piedmont202015-11-10 b
56.VanceVance County High Point570Eastern Carolina Piedmont702015-11-10 c
57.GranvilleGranville County High Point740Eastern Carolina Piedmont2102015-11-10 d
58.FranklinFranklin County High Point562Eastern Carolina Piedmont1422015-11-10 e
59.OrangeOcconeechee Mountain860Eastern Carolina Piedmont1902015-11-10 f
60.WakeWake County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont1402015-11-10 g
61.BrunswickBrunswick County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont232015-11-11 a
62.New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont402015-11-11 b
63.BladenBladen County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont432015-11-11 c
64.ColumbusColumbus County High Point132Eastern Carolina Piedmont202015-11-11 d
65.JohnstonJohnston County High Point370Eastern Carolina Piedmont302015-11-12
66.WilkesThompkins Knob4080N NC Blue Ridge Crest9202015-11-29 a
67.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24262015-12-12
67.WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24262015-12-12
69.NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point370Virginia Piedmont802016-02-27 1
70.HalifaxHalifax County High Point390Eastern Carolina Piedmont402016-02-27 2
71.HertfordHertford County High Point95Virginia Piedmont82016-02-27 3
72.BertieBertie County High Point100Virginia Piedmont282016-02-27 4
73.BeaufortBeaufort County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont242016-02-28 1
74.OnslowOnslow County High Point112Eastern Carolina Piedmont42016-02-28 2
75.PenderPender County High Point115Eastern Carolina Piedmont382016-02-28 3
76.HydeOcracoke Island High Point27Eastern Carolina Piedmont272016-02-29 1
77.TyrrellTyrrell County High Point17Eastern Carolina Piedmont122016-02-29 2
78.ChowanChowan County High Point52Virginia Piedmont32016-03-01 1
79.PerquimansPerquimans County High Point52Virginia Piedmont32016-03-01 2
80.GatesGates County High Point85Virginia Piedmont182016-03-01 3
81.MartinMartin County High Point92Eastern Carolina Piedmont02016-03-01 4
82.WashingtonWashington County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont52016-03-01 5
83.CarteretCarteret County High Point45Eastern Carolina Piedmont452016-03-02 1
84.LenoirLenoir County High Point164Eastern Carolina Piedmont232016-03-02 2
85.JonesJones County High Point125Eastern Carolina Piedmont02016-03-02 3
86.CravenCraven County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont42016-03-02 4
87.PamlicoPamlico County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont182016-03-02 5
88.RockinghamRockingham County High Point1040Eastern Carolina Piedmont02016-03-04 1
89.StokesMoores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont14392016-03-04 2
90.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Roan-Unaka Mountains6482016-06-11 3
91.MadisonSandymush Bald5152Newfound Mountain Region4722016-07-04
92.CamdenCamden County High Point20Virginia Piedmont02017-04-01 a
93.PasquotankPasquotank County High Point20Virginia Piedmont02017-04-02
94.YanceyMount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60892017-05-20
95.DareKill Devil Hill91Eastern Carolina Piedmont712017-07-15
96.CurrituckLuark Hill66Eastern Carolina Piedmont572017-07-16 a
97.ClayStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192017-11-04 1
97.MaconStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192017-11-04 1
99.CherokeeCounty Corner Point5060Nantahala Mountains02017-11-05 4
 Cherokee or Laurel Top-Southwest Ridge5000Unicoi Mountains0 
 HaywoodMount Guyot6621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1581 

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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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