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North Carolina County High Points

Showing Fred Lobdell's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (88 out of 100, or 88%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.YanceyMount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891986-08-25 a
2.SwainClingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031986-08-25 b
3.HaywoodMount Guyot6621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains15811996-08-05 c
4.JacksonRichland Balsam6410Great Balsam Mountains30101996-05-17
5.BuncombePotato Knob6400Black Mountains401996-08-07 a
6.MitchellRoan High Knob6285Roan-Unaka Mountains34851995-10-22 d
7.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Roan-Unaka Mountains6481995-10-22 c
8.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Great Balsam Mountains1601995-11-23 b
9.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24261995-10-23
9.WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24261995-10-23
11.McDowellThe Pinnacle5665N NC Blue Ridge Crest4651995-07-15
12.GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Unicoi Mountains34001996-10-24 a
13.ClayStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28191995-11-25
13.MaconStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28191995-11-25
15.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Great Balsam Mountains1601995-11-24
16.AsheThe Peak5160Beech-Snake-Rich8401999-03-06
17.MadisonSandymush Bald5152Newfound Mountain Region4721998-03-11
18.CherokeeCounty Corner Point5060Nantahala Mountains0 
 Cherokee or Laurel Top-Southwest Ridge5000Unicoi Mountains01999-05-17
19.BurkeLong Arm Mountain4280N NC Blue Ridge Crest5601996-11-27
20.AlleghanyCatherine Knob4175N NC Blue Ridge Crest11351996-08-31
21.WilkesThompkins Knob4080N NC Blue Ridge Crest9201996-09-01
22.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain3965South NC Blue Ridge Crest17251995-10-24
23.SurryFisher Peak3580South Virginia Blue Ridge9001996-08-31
24.PolkTryon Peak3280South NC Blue Ridge Crest14301996-10-27
25.ClevelandBenn Knob2880Western Carolina Piedmont4001997-08-31
26.StokesMoores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont14391995-09-03
27.AlexanderHickory Knob2560Eastern Carolina Piedmont9601998-09-05
28.CatawbaBaker Mountain1780Western Carolina Piedmont6001996-12-23
29.YadkinClick Benchmark1755Eastern Carolina Piedmont5951996-09-01
30.IredellFox Mountain1740Eastern Carolina Piedmont3001996-09-01
31.GastonThe Pinnacle1690Western Carolina Piedmont7501995-11-26
32.LincolnBuffalo Knob1480Western Carolina Piedmont2101997-03-31
33.DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain1188Eastern Carolina Piedmont4981999-05-01
34.RandolphShepherd Mountain1150Eastern Carolina Piedmont5001995-09-04
35.ForsythForsyth County High Point1100Eastern Carolina Piedmont01995-09-03
36.RowanYoungs Mountain1090Eastern Carolina Piedmont3101997-10-28
37.RockinghamRockingham County High Point1040Eastern Carolina Piedmont02006-05-25
38.DavieDavie County High Point1010Eastern Carolina Piedmont01998-03-15
39.GuilfordGuilford County High Point1000Eastern Carolina Piedmont01997-08-30
40.AlamanceCane Creek Mountains970Eastern Carolina Piedmont2701997-10-28
41.MontgomeryDark Mountain953Eastern Carolina Piedmont2731999-05-01
42.StanlyMorrow Mountain900Eastern Carolina Piedmont3851997-03-16
43.PersonRoxboro Hill890Eastern Carolina Piedmont2201998-09-07
43.CabarrusCabarrus County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont1001999-05-01
43.MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont1001999-05-01
46.CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit880Eastern Carolina Piedmont601998-09-07
47.OrangeOcconeechee Mountain860Eastern Carolina Piedmont1901996-10-05
48.UnionUnion County High Point780Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
49.ChathamChatham County High Point774Eastern Carolina Piedmont1141999-01-18
50.DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak770Eastern Carolina Piedmont201996-10-05
51.GranvilleGranville County High Point740Eastern Carolina Piedmont2101999-06-25
52.MooreMoore County High Point730Eastern Carolina Piedmont201999-01-01
53.AnsonGordon Mountain636Eastern Carolina Piedmont2361999-05-02
54.RichmondRichmond County High Point620Eastern Carolina Piedmont1801999-04-30
55.VanceVance County High Point570Eastern Carolina Piedmont701998-09-07
56.FranklinFranklin County High Point562Eastern Carolina Piedmont1421998-10-31
57.HokeHoke County High Point550Eastern Carolina Piedmont1001999-01-02
58.LeeLee County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont901999-01-02
58.WakeWake County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont1401999-06-25
60.HarnettBig Ridge490Eastern Carolina Piedmont901999-01-02
61.CumberlandCumberland County High Point486Eastern Carolina Piedmont1162007-05-17
62.ScotlandScotland County High Point482Eastern Carolina Piedmont721999-01-02
63.WarrenWarren County High Point480Eastern Carolina Piedmont201998-09-07
64.HalifaxHalifax County High Point390Eastern Carolina Piedmont402005-10-14
65.JohnstonJohnston County High Point370Eastern Carolina Piedmont301998-02-28
65.NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point370Virginia Piedmont801998-09-07
67.NashNash County High Point360Eastern Carolina Piedmont502006-06-02
68.WilsonWilson County High Point320Eastern Carolina Piedmont402006-06-02
69.RobesonRobeson County High Point242Eastern Carolina Piedmont8 
70.SampsonSampson County High Point230Eastern Carolina Piedmont101999-04-30
71.WayneWayne County High Point195Eastern Carolina Piedmont331998-10-04
72.BladenBladen County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont432015-11-11 b
72.DuplinDuplin County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
74.LenoirLenoir County High Point164Eastern Carolina Piedmont231999-05-02
75.EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point140Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
76.GreeneGreene County High Point138Eastern Carolina Piedmont171998-10-04
77.ColumbusColumbus County High Point132Eastern Carolina Piedmont201999-01-17
78.PittPitt County High Point128Eastern Carolina Piedmont201998-02-28
79.JonesJones County High Point125Eastern Carolina Piedmont01999-05-02
80.PenderPender County High Point115Eastern Carolina Piedmont381999-01-17
81.OnslowOnslow County High Point112Eastern Carolina Piedmont4 
82.BertieBertie County High Point100Virginia Piedmont282013-03-21
83.HertfordHertford County High Point95Virginia Piedmont82008-02-10
84.MartinMartin County High Point92Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
85.DareKill Devil Hill91Eastern Carolina Piedmont711995-02-26
86.GatesGates County High Point85Virginia Piedmont182003-01-02
87.BrunswickBrunswick County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont232015-11-11 a
87.New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont402007-05-17
89.BeaufortBeaufort County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont241998-04-10
89.CravenCraven County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont4 
89.CurrituckLuark Hill66Eastern Carolina Piedmont571997-01-04
92.ChowanChowan County High Point52Virginia Piedmont31998-03-01
92.PerquimansPerquimans County High Point52Virginia Piedmont31998-02-22
94.PamlicoPamlico County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont181999-01-16
94.WashingtonWashington County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
96.CarteretCarteret County High Point45Eastern Carolina Piedmont451999-01-16
97.HydeOcracoke Island High Point27Eastern Carolina Piedmont271998-04-12
98.CamdenCamden County High Point20Virginia Piedmont0 
98.PasquotankPasquotank County High Point20Virginia Piedmont0 
100.TyrrellTyrrell County High Point17Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 

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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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