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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.0 
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9 
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.7 
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5 
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.1 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.4 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.3 
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.5 
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.9 
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.6 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.7 
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains7.1 
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.1 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.8 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.5 
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
20.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
21.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.4 
22.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
23.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
23.Tricorner Knob6120160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.7 
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.5 
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.7 
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.2 
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.2 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.8 
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains3.7 
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.9 
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.6 
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
44.Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.6 
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.6 
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
49.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.4 
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.8 
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains1.1 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.5 
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.8 
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.5 
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.4 
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.5 
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.6 
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.6 
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.7 
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.8 
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.8 
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4 
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.2 
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.8 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains1.3 
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.6 
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.8 
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains2.2 
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains1.2 
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.4 
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.7 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.7 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.5 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.5 
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.4 
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
97.Peak 54405440240Black Mountains.9 
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.1 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams1.1 
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams1.5 
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.8 
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.5 
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.5 
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.8 
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.2 
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.3 
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.7 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.7 
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.9 
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.6 
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains8.0 
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.2 
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.3 
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich3.0 
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains2.1 
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.7 
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.9 
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains1.3 
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.6 
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.9 
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
143.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.8 
143.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.8 
143.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains1.4 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.6 
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.5 
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.1 
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains1.7 
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.0 
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains2.6 
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams3.0 
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge3.0 
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
172.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.5 
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.5 
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.7 
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.6 
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.2 
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region1.1 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.5 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.5 

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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.

Acknowledgments:

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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