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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Tom Layton's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (70 out of 185, or 37.84%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71970
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.41979-06
2.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.81980-08
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.11980-08
3.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.61997
4.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.11998
5.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.12000 a
6.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.82000 b
7.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.02007-05
8.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.52008-09
9.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.72010-07-04
10.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.52010-07-24
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.42010-09-05
11.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.12010-10-18 a
12.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.22011-04-14 a
13.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.22011-04-15 a
14.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.22011-04-17 b
15.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.32011-04-20 a
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.42011-04-20 b
16.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.02011-04-20 c
17.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.02011-04-30 a
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.32011-05-07 a
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.32011-05-07 b
18.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.02011-05-07 c
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.02011-05-07 d
19.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.62011-06-05 b
20.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.82011-08-10 b
21.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.92011-09-10 a
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.42011-09-10 b
22.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.22011-09-10 c
23.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.32011-09-10 d
24.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.32011-09-10 f
25.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.42011-10-08
26.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.92011-10-22 b
27.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.22011-11-05 a
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.52011-11-05 b
28.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.42011-11-25
29.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.62012-02-18 a
30.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.32012-04-06 a
31.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.32012-04-06 b
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42012-07-22 a
32.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.72012-07-22 b
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.32012-08-18 a
33.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.12012-08-18 b
34.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.42012-08-18 c
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.32012-08-18 d
35.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.42012-08-25
36.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.42012-10-13 a
37.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.82012-10-13 b
38.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.62012-10-27 e
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.52013-05-18
39.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.92013-06-01 a
40.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.92013-06-01 c
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.52013-06-01 d
41.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.62013-06-22 a
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.22013-08-29 a
42.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.72014-05-03 a
43.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.72014-05-03 b
44.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.22014-09-09 a
45.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.02015-06-13
46.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.42015-07-11 a
47.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.82015-07-11 b
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.32015-08-22 a
48.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.82015-08-22 b
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.52015-08-22 c
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.42015-09-19 a
49.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.22015-09-19 b
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.32015-09-19 c
50.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.92015-09-19 d
51.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.42015-09-19 e
52.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.72015-12-12
53.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.62016-06-11 1
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.42016-06-11 2
54.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.32016-06-11 3
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.32016-06-11 4
55.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.72016-07-04
56.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.52016-09-03 1
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.72016-09-03 2
57.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.52016-09-20 1
58.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.62016-09-20 3
59.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.62016-09-20 4
60.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.82016-11-25
61.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.02017-05-20
62.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.12017-06-03 3
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42017-06-03 4
63.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.52017-10-21
64.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.22017-10-22 1
65.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.42017-11-04 1
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.42017-11-05 1
66.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.82017-11-05 3
67.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.22018-06-02 a
68.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.32018-06-02 b
69.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.12018-06-03
70.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.72018-06-09
 Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2 
 Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
 Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
 Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
 Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Tricorner Knob6120160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.0 
 Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
 Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
 Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
 Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.3 
 Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
 Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
 Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
 Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.2 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.3 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.3 
 Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
 Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
 Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
 Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
 Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
 Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
 Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
 Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
 Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.7 
 Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
 Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
 Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
 Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
 Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.4 
 Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
 Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
 Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
 Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.3 
 High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
 Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
 Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.3 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
 Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
 Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
 South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
 Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
 Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
 Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
 Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
 Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
 Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
 Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
 Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
 North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
 Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
 Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.2 
 Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
 Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
 Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.0 
 Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
 Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.2 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.1 
 Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
 Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
 Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.5 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.2 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.4 

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List Description

The "Southern Sixers" or "South beyond 6000" peaks are well-known and get a great deal of attention, but the enormous amount of peaks in North Carolina over 5000 feet are not as well documented or attempted.


Much of the groundwork for this list was done by Ivan Ash, who contributed large PDF files of all southeastern USA peaks over 4000 feet to the now-defunct "America's Roof" site.

Tom Pomeroy was instrumental in getting this long-dormant list cleaned up and published, and he helped with countless corrections and updates to the work done by Ivan and myself.


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