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North Carolina County High Points

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (27 out of 100, or 27%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.YanceyMount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891983-06-25
2.HaywoodMount Guyot6621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains15811984-11-24
3.SwainClingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031993-09-10
4.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald6000Great Balsam Mountains1601999-06-27 10
5.GastonThe Pinnacle1690Western Carolina Piedmont7501999-07-02
6.GrahamHuckleberry Knob5560Unicoi Mountains34002004-10-22 18
7.JacksonRichland Balsam6410Great Balsam Mountains30102004-10-23
7.MitchellRoan High Knob6285Roan-Unaka Mountains34852004-10-23
7.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald6160Roan-Unaka Mountains6482004-10-23
10.BuncombePotato Knob6400Black Mountains402006-10-18 11
11.McDowellThe Pinnacle5665N NC Blue Ridge Crest4652006-10-18 13
12.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain3965South NC Blue Ridge Crest17252006-10-18 15
13.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain5280Great Balsam Mountains1602007-12-27 15
14.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24262007-12-31 13
14.WataugaGrandfather Mountain5946N NC Blue Ridge Crest24262007-12-31 13
16.BurkeLong Arm Mountain4280N NC Blue Ridge Crest5602007-12-31 17
17.ClayStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192008-01-04 09
17.MaconStanding Indian5499Georgia Blue Ridge28192008-01-04 09
19.CherokeeLaurel Top-Southwest Ridge5040Unicoi Mountains02008-01-05 09
20.UnionUnion County High Point780Eastern Carolina Piedmont202008-01-07
21.MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont1002011-10-26
22.AlleghanyCatherine Knob4175N NC Blue Ridge Crest11352015-04-22 16
23.CatawbaBaker Mountain1780Western Carolina Piedmont6002015-04-26 09
24.ClevelandBenn Knob2880Western Carolina Piedmont4002015-04-26 14
25.RowanYoungs Mountain1090Eastern Carolina Piedmont3102015-04-27 08
26.RandolphShepherd Mountain1150Eastern Carolina Piedmont5002015-04-27 10
27.DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain1188Eastern Carolina Piedmont4982015-04-27 12
 AsheThe Peak5160Beech-Snake-Rich840 
 MadisonSandymush Bald5152Newfound Mountain Region472 
 WilkesThompkins Knob4080N NC Blue Ridge Crest920 
 SurryFisher Peak3580South Virginia Blue Ridge900 
 PolkTryon Peak3280South NC Blue Ridge Crest1430 
 StokesMoores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439 
 AlexanderHickory Knob2560Eastern Carolina Piedmont960 
 YadkinClick Benchmark1755Eastern Carolina Piedmont595 
 IredellFox Mountain1740Eastern Carolina Piedmont300 
 LincolnBuffalo Knob1480Western Carolina Piedmont210 
 ForsythForsyth County High Point1100Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 RockinghamRockingham County High Point1040Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 DavieDavie County High Point1010Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GuilfordGuilford County High Point1000Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 AlamanceCane Creek Mountains970Eastern Carolina Piedmont270 
 MontgomeryDark Mountain953Eastern Carolina Piedmont273 
 StanlyMorrow Mountain900Eastern Carolina Piedmont385 
 PersonRoxboro Hill890Eastern Carolina Piedmont220 
 CabarrusCabarrus County High Point890Eastern Carolina Piedmont100 
 CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit880Eastern Carolina Piedmont60 
 OrangeOcconeechee Mountain860Eastern Carolina Piedmont190 
 ChathamChatham County High Point774Eastern Carolina Piedmont114 
 DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak770Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
 GranvilleGranville County High Point740Eastern Carolina Piedmont210 
 MooreMoore County High Point730Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
 AnsonGordon Mountain636Eastern Carolina Piedmont236 
 RichmondRichmond County High Point620Eastern Carolina Piedmont180 
 VanceVance County High Point570Eastern Carolina Piedmont70 
 FranklinFranklin County High Point562Eastern Carolina Piedmont142 
 HokeHoke County High Point550Eastern Carolina Piedmont100 
 LeeLee County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont90 
 WakeWake County High Point540Eastern Carolina Piedmont140 
 HarnettBig Ridge490Eastern Carolina Piedmont90 
 CumberlandCumberland County High Point486Eastern Carolina Piedmont116 
 ScotlandScotland County High Point482Eastern Carolina Piedmont72 
 WarrenWarren County High Point480Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
 HalifaxHalifax County High Point390Eastern Carolina Piedmont40 
 JohnstonJohnston County High Point370Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
 NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point370Virginia Piedmont80 
 NashNash County High Point360Eastern Carolina Piedmont50 
 WilsonWilson County High Point320Eastern Carolina Piedmont40 
 RobesonRobeson County High Point240Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 SampsonSampson County High Point230Eastern Carolina Piedmont10 
 WayneWayne County High Point195Eastern Carolina Piedmont33 
 BladenBladen County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont43 
 DuplinDuplin County High Point170Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 LenoirLenoir County High Point164Eastern Carolina Piedmont23 
 EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point140Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GreeneGreene County High Point138Eastern Carolina Piedmont17 
 ColumbusColumbus County High Point132Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
 PittPitt County High Point128Eastern Carolina Piedmont20 
 JonesJones County High Point125Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 PenderPender County High Point115Eastern Carolina Piedmont38 
 OnslowOnslow County High Point112Eastern Carolina Piedmont4 
 DareJockeys Ridge100Eastern Carolina Piedmont92 
 BertieBertie County High Point100Virginia Piedmont28 
 HertfordHertford County High Point95Virginia Piedmont8 
 MartinMartin County High Point92Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GatesGates County High Point85Virginia Piedmont18 
 BrunswickBrunswick County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont23 
 New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point75Eastern Carolina Piedmont40 
 BeaufortBeaufort County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont24 
 CravenCraven County High Point66Eastern Carolina Piedmont4 
 CurrituckLuark Hill66Eastern Carolina Piedmont57 
 ChowanChowan County High Point52Virginia Piedmont3 
 PerquimansPerquimans County High Point52Virginia Piedmont3 
 PamlicoPamlico County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont18 
 WashingtonWashington County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
 CarteretCarteret County High Point45Eastern Carolina Piedmont45 
 HydeOcracoke Island High Point27Eastern Carolina Piedmont27 
 CamdenCamden County High Point20Virginia Piedmont  
 PasquotankPasquotank County High Point20Virginia Piedmont  
 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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