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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (27 out of 185, or 14.59%)

RankPeak Elev-M  Prom-M Range (Level 5)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell20371856Black Mountains1913.51985-08 a7
2.Mount Craig202687Black Mountains1.4 
3.Clingmans Dome20251373Central Great Smoky Mountains113.81985-08 a8
4.Mount Guyot2018482Eastern Great Smoky Mountains26.92001-06-17
5.Balsam Cone2012110Black Mountains1.4 
 Cattail Peak201237Black Mountains2.4 
6.Mount Gibbes1987122Black Mountains3.4 
 Clingmans Peak198712Black Mountains3.8 
 Potato Hill197435Black Mountains.5 
7.Mount Chapman1956176Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
8.Richland Balsam1954918Great Balsam Mountains43.62001-06-16
 Potato Knob195112Black Mountains.72001-06-16
9.Old Black194252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.12001-06-17
 Mount Hallback192939Black Mountains1.4 
10.Celo Knob1928185Black Mountains5.7 
11.Blackstock Knob1926134Black Mountains2.6 
12.Waterrock Knob1918594Plott Balsams17.12010-06-03
13.Roan High Knob19161063Roan-Unaka Mountains30.22001-06-15
 Roan High Bluff191045Roan-Unaka Mountains2.4 
14.Mount Lyn Lowry1902110Plott Balsams2.5 
 Browning Knob190237Plott Balsams.5 
15.Luftee Knob190096Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
16.Mount Kephart1895200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.5 
17.Black Balsam Knob1894301Great Balsam Mountains11.4 
18.Winter Star Mountain189187Black Mountains1.8 
 Gibbs Mountain189037Black Mountains1.3 
 Percys Peak189025Black Mountains.5 
 Cloudland Mountain189012Roan-Unaka Mountains.7 
19.Mount Collins1886142Central Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
20.Marks Knob188076Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
21.Grassy Ridge Bald1878198Roan-Unaka Mountains3.82001-06-15
22.Big Cataloochee Mountain1876194Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.2 
 Mount Hardison187029Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
23.Mount Hardy1865231Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
23.Tricorner Knob186548Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Mount Ambler186526Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Grassy Ridge186512Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
25.Plott Balsam Mountain1856113Plott Balsams2.7 
26.Craggy Dome1853305Great Craggy Mountains5.6 
26.Reinhart Knob185361Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
 Thermo Knob185312Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
28.Sam Knob1841110Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
28.Grassy Cove Top184198Great Balsam Mountains2.5 
 Tennent Mountain184137Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
30.Yellow Face183996Plott Balsams1.9 
31.Cold Mountain1838302Great Balsam Mountains6.8 
32.Mount Sequoyah183050Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
33.Shining Rock182973Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
33.Chestnut Bald182949Great Balsam Mountains2.62001-06-16
35.Cataloochee Balsam1820472Eastern Great Smoky Mountains10.0 
 Silvermine Bald181713Great Balsam Mountains.6 
36.Grandfather Mountain1812739N NC Blue Ridge Crest23.92001-06-15
37.Big Butt1804207Black Mountains6.0 
37.Rough Butt Bald1804146Great Balsam Mountains3.6 
37.Bullhead Mountain180497Great Craggy Mountains1.4 
37.Cold Spring Knob180485Great Balsam Mountains3.0 
37.Andrews Bald180448Central Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
42.Laurel Top1800130Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
43.Craggy Pinnacle179671Great Craggy Mountains1.0 
44.Chiltoes Mountain179285Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
44.Lone Bald179285Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
44.Attic Window Peak179273N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.22002-04-18
 Green Knob179236Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
 Stairs Mountain179227Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Flower Knob179224Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
47.Little Sam Knob178756Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
48.Eagle Rocks1783101Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
49.MacRae Peak178251N NC Blue Ridge Crest.22002-04-18
50.Mount Sterling1781202Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
51.Blackrock Mountain177152Plott Balsams2.3 
52.Spot Knob176861Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
52.Round Bald176849Roan-Unaka Mountains1.7 
 Jane Bald176812Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
 Dog Loser Knob175637Great Balsam Mountains.9 
54.Old Bald175661Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
55.Mount Pisgah1744415Great Balsam Mountains9.3 
56.Balsam High Top174373Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
56.Herrin Knob174361Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Little Bearpen North174336Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Devils Courthouse174324Great Balsam Mountains.8 
58.Point Misery1742108Black Mountains2.2 
59.Lickstone Bald1737245Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
60.Steestachee Bald1731158Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
60.Peak 5680173192Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
60.Masa Knob173150Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
60.Flat Spring Knob173149Black Mountains.7 
60.Craggy Gardens173149Great Craggy Mountains.8 
65.The Pinnacle1727142N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.22001-06-16
66.Little Bald Knob1719156Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
 Grassy Bald171129Great Balsam Mountains.9 
67.Silers Bald170975Central Great Smoky Mountains5.4 
68.Buck Knob1707122Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
68.Brown Lead170785Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
68.Graveyard Ridge170749Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Little Butt170712Black Mountains1.0 
71.Hump Mountain1703277Roan-Unaka Mountains7.6 
72.Rich Mountain Bald1702105Great Balsam Mountains3.7 
73.Campbell Lick170066Plott Balsams2.9 
74.Gage Bald169953Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
75.Porters-False Peak169876Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
76.Huckleberry Knob16951037Unicoi Mountains47.32002-04-15
76.Snake Mountain1695683Beech-Snake-Rich26.12002-04-19
76.Laurel Patch Bald169586Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Charlies Bunion169537Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Buck Knob169537Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Tanasee Bald169537Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Beartrap Knob169525Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Jenkins Knob169516Central Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
 Bear Ridge169121Black Mountains1.3 
 Big Pine Mountain168616Black Mountains2.2 
79.Thunderhead Mountain1685332Western Great Smoky Mountains12.82002-04-22
 Old Butt Knob168438Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
80.Elk Knob1682304Beech-Snake-Rich2.8 
80.Hemphill Bald168297Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
80.Charley Bald168248Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak168212Beech-Snake-Rich.82002-04-19
83.Big Bald1681779Bald Mountains25.72002-04-20
84.Little Yellow Mountain1678199Roan-Unaka Mountains3.5 
85.Whim Knob1677104Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
86.Standing Indian1676859Georgia Blue Ridge52.22002-04-16
87.Pecks Corner South167351Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
 Walker Knob167137Black Mountains1.9 
88.Doubletop Mountain1671281Great Balsam Mountains6.1 
89.Beech Mountain1670439Beech-Snake-Rich10.2 
89.Bunches Bald1670300Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.0 
89.Big Junction East167073Unicoi Mountains2.6 
89.Setzer Mountain167048Plott Balsams1.1 
 Brush Fence Ridge167036Black Mountains1.1 
 Beartown Mountain167036Roan-Unaka Mountains1.7 
93.Haw Knob166859Unicoi Mountains1.22002-04-15
94.Snaggy Bald1668168Great Balsam Mountains3.1 
95.Blockhouse Mountain1667180Western Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Lost Knob166644Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
 The Sawteeth166228Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
96.Coxcomb Mountain1659354Black Mountains4.0 
 Rocky Top165812Western Great Smoky Mountains.9 
97.Wine Spring Bald1658512Nantahala Mountains15.82010-06-02
97.Breakneck Ridge1658158Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.7 
97.Little Hump Mountain1658134Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3 
97.Hawk Mountain165885Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
97.Peak 5440165873Black Mountains1.5 
97.Big Yellow Mountain165849Roan-Unaka Mountains3.4 
 Soco Bald165812Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Hooper Bald165546Unicoi Mountains1.3 
103.Peak 5401164698Plott Balsams1.8 
104.Walker Bald1646195Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
104.Pinnacle Bald164673Plott Balsams2.4 
104.Bald Knob164649N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.2 
 Parker Knob164637Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
107.Rich Mountain Bald1637284Beech-Snake-Rich2.2 
108.Stratton Bald1634317Unicoi Mountains5.7 
108.Snowball Mountain1634134Great Craggy Mountains2.4 
108.Graybeard Mountain163498N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.9 
108.Sugartree Licks North163461Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Wayah Bald162843Nantahala Mountains2.0 
112.Crabtree Bald1622817Newfound Mountain Region18.72008-05-08
112.Rocky Bald1622122Nantahala Mountains2.2 
112.Fryingpan Mountain1622110Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
112.Moody Top162298Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 The Narrows162213Great Balsam Mountains2.0 
116.Big Bald1618350Roan-Unaka Mountains7.6 
 Bearpen Knob161215Great Craggy Mountains1.2 
117.Little Bald Mountain160997Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
117.Big Bald160997Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
117.Birdstand Mountain160973Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
117.Little Pisgah Mountain160948Great Balsam Mountains1.12002-04-16
 Linville Peak160912N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.3 
121.Heintooga Bald160557Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
122.High Top1604117Great Balsam Mountains2.8 
123.Copper Ridge Bald1602311Nantahala Mountains6.2 
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak1600113Unicoi Mountains2.6 
125.Tusquitee Bald1597524Nantahala Mountains12.82010-06-02
125.Yellow Bald1597305Georgia Blue Ridge5.2 
125.Rocky Knob South159749N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.2 
128.Lane Pinnacle1594180Great Craggy Mountains2.6 
129.Potato Hill Bald1591100Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
130.Brier Knob1590103Western Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
130.Potrock Bald159054Nantahala Mountains1.2 
132.Sugar Mountain1585329N NC Blue Ridge Crest5.1 
132.Siler Bald1585317Nantahala Mountains3.8 
132.Hanging Rock1585305Beech-Snake-Rich4.9 
132.Cold Spring Knob158598Central Great Smoky Mountains4.2 
132.Little Bald158585Bald Mountains3.3 
132.Albert Mountain158561Georgia Blue Ridge.6 
 Tater Hill158322Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
138.High Rocks1582216Central Great Smoky Mountains8.9 
139.Lower Hughes Ridge1581106Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.3 
140.Coward Bald158194Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Ledge Bald158035Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
141.Unaka Mountain1579433Roan-Unaka Mountains14.3 
142.Upper Highland Ridge157575Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
 High Knob157426Black Mountains2.1 
143.The Peak1573256Beech-Snake-Rich8.92002-04-18
143.Nettle Creek Bald1573176Central Great Smoky Mountains6.6 
143.Newton Bald1573171Central Great Smoky Mountains9.5 
143.Cosby Knob1573142Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
143.South Hooper Bald1573122Unicoi Mountains1.2 
143.Licklog Mountain157349Black Mountains1.4 
143.Beech Mountain-East Summit157349Beech-Snake-Rich2.3 
 Beech Knob157325Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Elk Hollow Ridge157325Roan-Unaka Mountains2.2 
 Hangover157312Unicoi Mountains.6 
150.Sandymush Bald1570144Newfound Mountain Region4.32002-04-17
151.Peak 5149156969Nantahala Mountains1.4 
152.Indian Knob1566127Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
153.De Armond Bald156553Western Great Smoky Mountains.9 
154.Yellow Mountain1563466South NC Blue Ridge Crest25.0 
155.Rich Benchmark1556154Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
156.Bluff Mountain1554493Beech-Snake-Rich6.62010-06-10
157.Purchase Knob155099Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.0 
158.Bearwallow Knob155087Black Mountains2.7 
159.Green Knob1548231N NC Blue Ridge Crest4.8 
159.Pilot Mountain1548158Great Balsam Mountains4.2 
159.Big Butt154897Georgia Blue Ridge1.4 
159.Yellow Spot154861Roan-Unaka Mountains3.1 
159.Rocky Bald154861Nantahala Mountains1.8 
 Ross Knob154825Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
164.North Eaglenest Mountain1546156Plott Balsams4.8 
165.Mount Squires154558Western Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
166.Soco Gap North154469Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Docks Gap East154444Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
167.Cheoah Bald1543719Cheoah Mountains13.22008-05-07
168.Green Knob1541159Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
169.Becks Bald1540126Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
 Seniard Mountain154016Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
170.Ridgepole Mountain1537208Georgia Blue Ridge4.8 
171.Cammerer Ridge1537244Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
172.Little Bald Knob1536183Georgia Blue Ridge3.3 
172.Mount Davis153697Central Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
172.Perry Top153697Plott Balsams2.4 
172.Big Scaly153685Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
172.Cataloochee Divide153673Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
172.Eaglenest Ridge153661Plott Balsams1.5 
172.Fie Top153661Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Dead Line Ridge153636Nantahala Mountains.8 
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge1530177Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
 Matlock Bald152816Nantahala Mountains1.1 
180.Boteler Peak1527406Nantahala Mountains9.8 
181.Three Top Mountain1524387Beech-Snake-Rich3.9 
181.Shortoff Mountain1524268South NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
181.Yellow Mountain1524201Georgia Blue Ridge2.6 
181.Blue Knob1524171Black Mountains1.9 
181.Sunup Knob152449Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock152437Beech-Snake-Rich3.4 
 Pinnacle Mountain152412Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
 Peak 4960151273Newfound Mountain Region1.8 
 Weatherman Bald151237Nantahala Mountains.8 
 Hawkbill Rock151225Great Craggy Mountains.8 

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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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