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North Carolina County High Points

Showing Charles Zerphey's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (40 out of 100, or 40%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.SwainClingmans Dome2025Central Great Smoky Mountains13731996-03-14
2.YanceyMount Mitchell2037Black Mountains18561996-03-16
3.CurrituckLuark Hill20Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2001-09-19
4.DareJockeys Ridge30Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2001-09-20
5.JohnstonJohnston County High Point113Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2002-12-06
5.SampsonSampson County High Point70Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2002-12-06
7.HarnettBig Ridge149Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2002-12-22
8.LenoirLenoir County High Point50Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2004-12-28
8.JonesJones County High Point38Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2004-12-28
8.CravenCraven County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2004-12-28
8.PamlicoPamlico County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2004-12-28
12.CarteretCarteret County High Point14Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2004-12-29
13.BurkeLong Arm Mountain1305N NC Blue Ridge Crest 2006-08-03
13.RutherfordSugarloaf Mountain1209South NC Blue Ridge Crest5262006-08-03
13.PolkTryon Peak1000South NC Blue Ridge Crest4362006-08-03
16.JacksonRichland Balsam1954Great Balsam Mountains9182006-08-04
16.TransylvaniaChestnut Bald1829Great Balsam Mountains492006-08-04
16.HendersonLittle Pisgah Mountain1609Great Balsam Mountains482006-08-04
19.BuncombePotato Knob1951Black Mountains122006-08-05
19.McDowellThe Pinnacle1727N NC Blue Ridge Crest1422006-08-05
21.CaldwellGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest7392006-08-07
21.WataugaGrandfather Mountain1812N NC Blue Ridge Crest7392006-08-07
23.WilkesThompkins Knob1244N NC Blue Ridge Crest 2006-08-08
23.SurryFisher Peak1091South Virginia Blue Ridge 2006-08-08
25.NorthamptonNorthampton County High Point113Virginia Piedmont 2011-11-13
26.AlleghanyCatherine Knob1273N NC Blue Ridge Crest3462012-06-26
27.MitchellRoan High Knob1916Roan-Unaka Mountains10632012-06-27
28.AlexanderHickory Knob780Eastern Carolina Piedmont2922012-06-28
28.CatawbaBaker Mountain543Western Carolina Piedmont1832012-06-28
28.IredellFox Mountain530Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2012-06-28
28.RowanYoungs Mountain332Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2012-06-28
28.DavieDavie County High Point308Eastern Carolina Piedmont 2012-06-28
33.YadkinClick Benchmark535Eastern Carolina Piedmont1812012-06-29
34.ClayStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge8592012-11-14
34.MaconStanding Indian1676Georgia Blue Ridge8592012-11-14
36.GrahamHuckleberry Knob1695Unicoi Mountains10372012-11-15
36.CherokeeLaurel Top-Southwest Ridge1536Unicoi Mountains02012-11-15
38.MadisonSandymush Bald1570Newfound Mountain Region1442014-07-21
39.AveryGrassy Ridge Bald1878Roan-Unaka Mountains1982014-07-24
40.HaywoodMount Guyot2018Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4822014-07-25
 AsheThe Peak1573Beech-Snake-Rich256 
 ClevelandBenn Knob878Western Carolina Piedmont122 
 StokesMoores Knob786Eastern Carolina Piedmont439 
 GastonThe Pinnacle515Western Carolina Piedmont228 
 LincolnBuffalo Knob451Western Carolina Piedmont  
 DavidsonHigh Rock Mountain362Eastern Carolina Piedmont152 
 RandolphShepherd Mountain351Eastern Carolina Piedmont153 
 ForsythForsyth County High Point335Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 RockinghamRockingham County High Point317Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GuilfordGuilford County High Point305Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 AlamanceCane Creek Mountains296Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 MontgomeryDark Mountain290Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 StanlyMorrow Mountain274Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 PersonRoxboro Hill271Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 CabarrusCabarrus County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 MecklenburgMecklenburg County High Point271Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 CaswellStony Creek Mountain-North Summit268Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 OrangeOcconeechee Mountain262Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 UnionUnion County High Point238Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 ChathamChatham County High Point236Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 DurhamRed Mountain-South Peak235Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GranvilleGranville County High Point226Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 MooreMoore County High Point223Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 AnsonGordon Mountain194Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 RichmondRichmond County High Point189Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 VanceVance County High Point174Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 FranklinFranklin County High Point171Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 HokeHoke County High Point168Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 LeeLee County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 WakeWake County High Point165Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 CumberlandCumberland County High Point148Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 ScotlandScotland County High Point147Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 WarrenWarren County High Point146Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 HalifaxHalifax County High Point119Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 NashNash County High Point110Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 WilsonWilson County High Point98Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 RobesonRobeson County High Point73Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 WayneWayne County High Point59Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 BladenBladen County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 DuplinDuplin County High Point52Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 EdgecombeEdgecombe County High Point43Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GreeneGreene County High Point42Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 ColumbusColumbus County High Point40Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 PittPitt County High Point39Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 PenderPender County High Point35Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 OnslowOnslow County High Point34Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 BertieBertie County High Point30Virginia Piedmont  
 HertfordHertford County High Point29Virginia Piedmont  
 MartinMartin County High Point28Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 GatesGates County High Point26Virginia Piedmont  
 BrunswickBrunswick County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 New HanoverNew Hanover County High Point23Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 BeaufortBeaufort County High Point20Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 ChowanChowan County High Point16Virginia Piedmont  
 PerquimansPerquimans County High Point16Virginia Piedmont  
 WashingtonWashington County High Point15Eastern Carolina Piedmont  
 HydeOcracoke Island High Point8Eastern Carolina Piedmont8 
 CamdenCamden County High Point6Virginia Piedmont  
 PasquotankPasquotank County High Point6Virginia Piedmont  
 TyrrellTyrrell County High Point5Eastern Carolina Piedmont  

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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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