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North Carolina County High Points

Showing Rick Taylor's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 100, or 6%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.SwainClingmans Dome2025Central Great Smoky Mountains13731981
2.MitchellRoan High Knob1916Roan-Unaka Mountains10622010-03-24
2.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald1878Roan-Unaka Mountains1982010-03-24
4.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest7392010-03-25
4.WataugaGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest7392010-03-25
6.YanceyMount Mitchell2037Black Mountains18562010-03-27
 TransylvaniaChestnut Bald1829Great Balsam Mountains49 
 HaywoodMount Guyot2018Eastern Great Smoky Mountains482 
 JacksonRichland Balsam1954Great Balsam Mountains917 
 BuncombePotato Knob1951Black Mountains12 
 McDowellThe Pinnacle1727N NC Blue Ridge Crest142 
 GrahamHuckleberry Knob1695Unicoi Mountains1036 
 ClayStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge859 
 MaconStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge859 
 HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain1609Great Balsam Mountains49 
 AsheThe Peak1573Beech-Snake-Rich256 
 MadisonSandymush Bald1570Newfound Mountain Region144 
 CherokeeCounty Corner Point1542Nantahala Mountains0 
 Cherokee or Laurel Top-Southwest Ridge1524Unicoi Mountains0 
 BurkeLong Arm Mountain1305N NC Blue Ridge Crest171 
 AlleghanyCatherine Knob1273N NC Blue Ridge Crest346 
 WilkesThompkins Knob1244N NC Blue Ridge Crest280 
 RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain1209South NC Blue Ridge Crest526 
 SurryFisher Peak1091South Virginia Blue Ridge274 
 PolkTryon Peak1000South NC Blue Ridge Crest436 
 ClevelandBenn Knob878Western Carolina Piedmont122 
 StokesMoores Knob786Eastern Carolina Piedmont439 
 AlexanderHickory Knob780Eastern Carolina Piedmont293 
 CatawbaBaker Mountain543Western Carolina Piedmont183 
 YadkinClick Benchmark535Eastern Carolina Piedmont181 
 IredellFox Mountain530Eastern Carolina Piedmont91 
 GastonThe Pinnacle515Western Carolina Piedmont229 
 LincolnBuffalo Knob451Western Carolina Piedmont64 
 DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain362Eastern Carolina Piedmont152 
 RandolphShepherd Mountain351Eastern Carolina Piedmont152 
 ForsythForsyth County High Point335Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 RowanYoungs Mountain332Eastern Carolina Piedmont94 
 RockinghamRockingham County High Point317Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 DavieDavie County High Point308Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 GuilfordGuilford County High Point305Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 AlamanceCane Creek Mountains296Eastern Carolina Piedmont82 
 MontgomeryDark Mountain290Eastern Carolina Piedmont83 
 StanlyMorrow Mountain274Eastern Carolina Piedmont117 
 PersonRoxboro Hill271Eastern Carolina Piedmont67 
 CabarrusCabarrus County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
 MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
 CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit268Eastern Carolina Piedmont18 
 OrangeOcconeechee Mountain262Eastern Carolina Piedmont58 
 UnionUnion County High Point238Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 ChathamChatham County High Point236Eastern Carolina Piedmont35 
 DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak235Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 GranvilleGranville County High Point226Eastern Carolina Piedmont64 
 MooreMoore County High Point223Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 AnsonGordon Mountain194Eastern Carolina Piedmont72 
 RichmondRichmond County High Point189Eastern Carolina Piedmont55 
 VanceVance County High Point174Eastern Carolina Piedmont21 
 FranklinFranklin County High Point171Eastern Carolina Piedmont43 
 HokeHoke County High Point168Eastern Carolina Piedmont30 
 LeeLee County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont27 
 WakeWake County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont43 
 HarnettBig Ridge149Eastern Carolina Piedmont27 
 CumberlandCumberland County High Point148Eastern Carolina Piedmont35 
 ScotlandScotland County High Point147Eastern Carolina Piedmont22 
 WarrenWarren County High Point146Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 HalifaxHalifax County High Point119Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
 JohnstonJohnston County High Point113Eastern Carolina Piedmont9 
 NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point113Virginia Piedmont24 
 NashNash County High Point110Eastern Carolina Piedmont15 
 WilsonWilson County High Point98Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
 RobesonRobeson County High Point74Eastern Carolina Piedmont2 
 SampsonSampson County High Point70Eastern Carolina Piedmont3 
 WayneWayne County High Point59Eastern Carolina Piedmont10 
 BladenBladen County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont13 
 DuplinDuplin County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 LenoirLenoir County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
 EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point43Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 GreeneGreene County High Point42Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
 ColumbusColumbus County High Point40Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 PittPitt County High Point39Eastern Carolina Piedmont6 
 JonesJones County High Point38Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 PenderPender County High Point35Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
 OnslowOnslow County High Point34Eastern Carolina Piedmont1 
 BertieBertie County High Point30Virginia Piedmont9 
 HertfordHertford County High Point29Virginia Piedmont2 
 MartinMartin County High Point28Eastern Carolina Piedmont0 
 DareKill Devil Hill28Eastern Carolina Piedmont22 
 GatesGates County High Point26Virginia Piedmont5 
 BrunswickBrunswick County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
 New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont12 
 BeaufortBeaufort County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont7 
 CravenCraven County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont1 
 CurrituckLuark Hill20Eastern Carolina Piedmont17 
 ChowanChowan County High Point16Virginia Piedmont1 
 PerquimansPerquimans County High Point16Virginia Piedmont1 
 PamlicoPamlico County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont5 
 WashingtonWashington County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont2 
 CarteretCarteret County High Point14Eastern Carolina Piedmont14 
 HydeOcracoke Island High Point8Eastern Carolina Piedmont8 
 CamdenCamden County High Point6Virginia Piedmont0 
 PasquotankPasquotank County High Point6Virginia Piedmont0 
 TyrrellTyrrell County High Point5Eastern Carolina Piedmont4 

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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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