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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Brian Barnes's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (11 out of 219, or 5.02%)

RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 5)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell20371858Black Mountains1913.5 
2.Mount Craig202699Black Mountains1.4 
3.Clingmans Dome20251379Central Great Smoky Mountains113.81999-04-21
4.Balsam Cone2024134Black Mountains1.4 
4.Cattail Peak202461Black Mountains2.4 
6.Mount Guyot2018494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains26.9 
7.Mount Gibbes1999146Black Mountains3.4 
 Clingmans Peak199936Black Mountains3.8 
 Potato Hill197447Black Mountains.5 
 Potato Knob196336Black Mountains.7 
8.Mount Chapman1956188Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
9.Richland Balsam1954930Great Balsam Mountains43.6 
10.Old Black194264Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
11.Blackstock Knob1938158Black Mountains2.6 
12.Mount Hallback192951Black Mountains1.4 
13.Celo Knob1928197Black Mountains5.7 
14.Waterrock Knob1918594Plott Balsams17.1 
15.Roan High Knob19161075Roan-Unaka Mountains30.21999-05-20
16.Mount Lyn Lowry1914134Plott Balsams2.5 
16.Browning Knob191461Plott Balsams.5 
18.Roan High Bluff191057Roan-Unaka Mountains2.4 
19.Gibbs Mountain190261Black Mountains1.3 
19.Percys Peak190249Black Mountains.5 
 Cloudland Mountain190236Roan-Unaka Mountains.7 
21.Luftee Knob1900108Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
22.Mount Kephart1895212Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.5 
23.Black Balsam Knob1894301Great Balsam Mountains11.4 
24.Winter Star Mountain189199Black Mountains1.8 
25.Grassy Ridge Bald1890210Roan-Unaka Mountains3.8 
26.Mount Collins1886142Central Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
27.Marks Knob188088Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
28.Mount Hardy1877255Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
28.Tricorner Knob187772Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Mount Ambler187738Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Grassy Ridge187736Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
30.Big Cataloochee Mountain1876206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.2 
 Mount Hardison187041Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
31.Craggy Dome1865329Great Craggy Mountains5.6 
31.Reinhart Knob186585Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
 Thermo Knob186536Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
33.Plott Balsam Mountain1856125Plott Balsams2.7 
34.Sam Knob1853134Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
34.Grassy Cove Top1853122Great Balsam Mountains2.5 
34.Tennent Mountain185361Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
37.Shining Rock184197Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
37.Chestnut Bald184173Great Balsam Mountains2.6 
39.Yellow Face1839108Plott Balsams1.9 
40.Cold Mountain1838314Great Balsam Mountains6.8 
41.Mount Sequoyah183062Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Silvermine Bald182937Great Balsam Mountains.6 
42.Cataloochee Balsam1820472Eastern Great Smoky Mountains10.0 
43.Big Butt1816231Black Mountains6.0 
43.Rough Butt Bald1816170Great Balsam Mountains3.6 
43.Bullhead Mountain1816121Great Craggy Mountains1.4 
43.Cold Spring Knob1816109Great Balsam Mountains3.0 
43.Andrews Bald181672Central Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
48.Grandfather Mountain1812751N NC Blue Ridge Crest23.9 
49.Chiltoes Mountain1804109Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
49.Attic Window Peak180497N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.2 
49.Green Knob180460Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
49.Flower Knob180448Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Stairs Mountain180439Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
53.Laurel Top1800142Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
54.Craggy Pinnacle179671Great Craggy Mountains1.0 
55.Lone Bald179297Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
56.Little Sam Knob178768Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
57.Eagle Rocks1783113Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
58.MacRae Peak178263N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
59.Mount Sterling1781202Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
60.Spot Knob178085Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
60.Round Bald178073Roan-Unaka Mountains1.7 
 Jane Bald178036Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
62.Blackrock Mountain177164Plott Balsams2.3 
63.Old Bald176885Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
64.Dog Loser Knob175649Great Balsam Mountains.9 
65.Balsam High Top175597Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
65.Herrin Knob175585Great Balsam Mountains.8 
65.Little Bearpen North175560Great Balsam Mountains.7 
65.Devils Courthouse175548Great Balsam Mountains.8 
69.Mount Pisgah1744427Great Balsam Mountains9.3 
70.Steestachee Bald1743182Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
70.Peak 56801743104Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
70.Flat Spring Knob174373Black Mountains.7 
70.Craggy Gardens174373Great Craggy Mountains.8 
70.Masa Knob174362Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
75.Point Misery1742120Black Mountains2.2 
76.Lickstone Bald1737245Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
77.Little Bald Knob1731168Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
78.The Pinnacle1727154N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
 Spruce Mountain172138Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
79.Buck Knob1719146Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
79.Brown Lead1719109Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
79.Graveyard Ridge171973Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Little Butt171936Black Mountains1.0 
 Grassy Bald171141Great Balsam Mountains.9 
82.Silers Bald170975Central Great Smoky Mountains5.4 
83.Huckleberry Knob17071061Unicoi Mountains47.3 
83.Snake Mountain1707707Beech-Snake-Rich26.1 
83.Laurel Patch Bald1707110Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
83.Charlies Bunion170761Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
83.Buck Knob170761Great Balsam Mountains.5 
83.Tanasee Bald170761Great Balsam Mountains.8 
83.Beartrap Knob170749Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Jenkins Knob170728Central Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
90.Hump Mountain1703289Roan-Unaka Mountains7.61999-05-21
91.Rich Mountain Bald1702117Great Balsam Mountains3.7 
92.Campbell Lick170078Plott Balsams2.9 
93.Gage Bald169965Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
94.Porters-False Peak169888Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
95.Elk Knob1694328Beech-Snake-Rich2.8 
95.Hemphill Bald1694121Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
95.Charley Bald169472Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Bear Ridge169133Black Mountains1.3 
 Fork River Bald168919Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Big Pine Mountain168628Black Mountains1.9 
98.Thunderhead Mountain1685344Western Great Smoky Mountains12.81999-04-19
99.Old Butt Knob168450Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
100.Beech Mountain1682463Beech-Snake-Rich10.2 
100.Bunches Bald1682312Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5.0 
100.Big Junction East168297Unicoi Mountains2.6 
100.Setzer Mountain168272Plott Balsams1.1 
100.Brush Fence Ridge168260Black Mountains1.1 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak168224Beech-Snake-Rich.8 
105.Big Bald1681791Bald Mountains25.71999-05-05
106.Little Yellow Mountain1678199Roan-Unaka Mountains3.5 
107.Whim Knob1677116Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
108.Standing Indian1676871Georgia Blue Ridge52.21999-04-04
109.Pecks Corner South167363Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
110.Walker Knob167149Black Mountains1.9 
111.Doubletop Mountain1671293Great Balsam Mountains6.1 
112.Wine Spring Bald1670536Nantahala Mountains15.8 
112.Breakneck Ridge1670182Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.7 
112.Little Hump Mountain1670158Roan-Unaka Mountains2.31999-05-21
112.Hawk Mountain1670109Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
112.Peak 5440167097Black Mountains1.5 
112.Big Yellow Mountain167073Roan-Unaka Mountains3.4 
112.Beartown Mountain167048Roan-Unaka Mountains1.7 
 Soco Bald167036Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
119.Haw Knob166871Unicoi Mountains1.2 
120.Snaggy Bald1668180Great Balsam Mountains3.1 
121.Blockhouse Mountain1667192Western Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
122.Lost Knob166656Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
 The Sawteeth166240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
123.Coxcomb Mountain1659366Black Mountains4.0 
 Rocky Top165824Western Great Smoky Mountains.9 
124.Walker Bald1658219Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
124.Pinnacle Bald165897Plott Balsams2.4 
124.Bald Knob165873N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.2 
124.Parker Knob165861Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
128.Hooper Bald165558Unicoi Mountains1.3 
129.Peak 54011646110Plott Balsams1.8 
130.Stratton Bald1646341Unicoi Mountains5.7 
130.Snowball Mountain1646158Great Craggy Mountains2.4 
130.Graybeard Mountain1646122N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.9 
130.Sugartree Licks North164685Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
134.Rich Mountain Bald1637296Beech-Snake-Rich2.2 
135.Crabtree Bald1634841Newfound Mountain Region18.7 
135.Rocky Bald1634146Nantahala Mountains2.2 
135.Fryingpan Mountain1634134Great Balsam Mountains3.9 
 The Narrows163437Great Balsam Mountains2.0 
138.Wayah Bald162855Nantahala Mountains2.01999-04-10
139.Little Bald Mountain1621121Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
139.Big Bald1621121Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
139.Moody Top1622110Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
139.Birdstand Mountain162197Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
139.Little Pisgah Mountain162172Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
 Linville Peak162136N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.3 
144.Big Bald1618362Roan-Unaka Mountains7.6 
 Bearpen Knob161227Great Craggy Mountains1.2 
145.Tusquitee Bald1609548Nantahala Mountains12.8 
145.Yellow Bald1609329Georgia Blue Ridge5.2 
145.Rocky Knob South160973N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.2 
148.Heintooga Bald160569Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
149.High Top1604129Great Balsam Mountains2.8 
150.Copper Ridge Bald1602311Nantahala Mountains6.2 
151.Saddle Tree Gap Peak1600125Unicoi Mountains2.6 
152.Sugar Mountain1597353N NC Blue Ridge Crest5.1 
152.Siler Bald1597341Nantahala Mountains3.8 
152.Hanging Rock1597329Beech-Snake-Rich4.9 
152.Cold Spring Knob1597122Central Great Smoky Mountains4.2 
152.Little Bald1597109Bald Mountains3.3 
152.Albert Mountain159785Georgia Blue Ridge.6 
158.Lane Pinnacle1594192Great Craggy Mountains2.6 
159.Potato Hill Bald1591100Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
160.Brier Knob1590115Western Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
160.Potrock Bald159066Nantahala Mountains1.2 
162.Unaka Mountain1585451Roan-Unaka Mountains14.31999-05-17
162.The Peak1585280Beech-Snake-Rich8.9 
162.Newton Bald1585195Central Great Smoky Mountains9.5 
162.Nettle Creek Bald1585188Central Great Smoky Mountains6.6 
162.Cosby Knob1585154Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
162.South Hooper Bald1585146Unicoi Mountains1.2 
162.Licklog Mountain158573Black Mountains1.4 
162.Beech Mountain-East Summit158573Beech-Snake-Rich2.3 
162.Beech Knob158549Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
162.Elk Hollow Ridge158549Roan-Unaka Mountains2.2 
162.Middle Top158549Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Hangover158536Unicoi Mountains.6 
 Tater Hill158334Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
173.High Rocks1582228Central Great Smoky Mountains8.9 
174.Lower Hughes Ridge1581118Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.3 
175.Coward Bald1581106Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Ledge Bald158035Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
176.Upper Highland Ridge157587Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
 High Knob157438Black Mountains2.1 
177.Little Haw Knob157349Unicoi Mountains1.0 
178.Sandymush Bald1570156Newfound Mountain Region4.3 
179.Peak 5149156981Nantahala Mountains1.4 
180.Indian Knob1566139Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
181.De Armond Bald156565Western Great Smoky Mountains.9 
182.Yellow Mountain1563478South NC Blue Ridge Crest25.0 
183.Green Knob1560255N NC Blue Ridge Crest4.8 
183.Pilot Mountain1560170Great Balsam Mountains4.2 
183.Big Butt1560121Georgia Blue Ridge1.4 
183.Yellow Spot156085Roan-Unaka Mountains3.1 
183.Rocky Bald156073Nantahala Mountains1.81999-04-10
 Ross Knob156037Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
188.Rich Benchmark1556166Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
189.Bluff Mountain1554505Beech-Snake-Rich6.6 
190.Purchase Knob1550111Eastern Great Smoky Mountains4.0 
191.Bearwallow Knob155099Black Mountains2.7 
192.Little Bald Knob1548207Georgia Blue Ridge3.3 
192.Mount Davis1548121Central Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
192.Perry Top1548121Plott Balsams2.4 
192.Big Scaly1548109Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
192.Cataloochee Divide154897Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
192.Fie Top154885Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
192.Dead Line Ridge154860Nantahala Mountains.8 
199.North Eaglenest Mountain1546168Plott Balsams4.8 
200.Mount Squires154570Western Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
201.Soco Gap North154481Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
201.Docks Gap East154456Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
203.Cheoah Bald1543731Cheoah Mountains13.21999-04-14
204.Green Knob1541159Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
205.Becks Bald1540138Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
 Seniard Mountain154028Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
206.Ridgepole Mountain1537220Georgia Blue Ridge4.8 
207.Cammerer Ridge1537244Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
208.Three Top Mountain1536399Beech-Snake-Rich3.9 
208.Shortoff Mountain1536292South NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
208.Yellow Mountain1536213Georgia Blue Ridge2.6 
208.Blue Knob1536195Black Mountains1.9 
208.Sunup Knob153673Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
208.Eaglenest Ridge153673Plott Balsams1.5 
208.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock153661Beech-Snake-Rich3.4 
 Pinnacle Mountain153636Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
 Leatherwood Top153624Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
215.Lower Hyatt Ridge1530189Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
 Matlock Bald152828Nantahala Mountains1.1 
216.Boteler Peak1527406Nantahala Mountains9.8 
217.Peak 4960152497Newfound Mountain Region1.8 
217.Weatherman Bald152461Nantahala Mountains.8 
217.Hawkbill Rock152449Great 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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