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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Andrew Taulbee's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (21 out of 185, or 11.35%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.02010-05-09
2.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.7 
3.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4 
5.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
6.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.82011-06-11
7.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
8.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.2 
9.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
10.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.5 
11.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.82011-05-29
12.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
13.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.7 
14.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
15.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.9 
16.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
17.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains8.0 
18.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
19.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains7.12010-10-31
20.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.4 
21.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.2 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
23.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.9 
24.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.82010-04-04
25.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.6 
26.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
27.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.7 
28.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.7 
29.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.32010-10-30
30.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.1 
31.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
32.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.9 
33.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
34.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
35.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains3.7 
36.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.5 
37.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
38.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.52010-04-11
39.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.52011-04-24
40.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
41.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
42.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
43.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.2 
44.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
45.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
46.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich3.0 
47.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge3.0 
48.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams3.0 
49.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.0 
50.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
51.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
52.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
53.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
54.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
55.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
56.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains2.6 
57.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
58.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.5 
59.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
61.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
62.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
63.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
64.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
65.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.42011-06-11
66.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.4 
67.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
68.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.3 
69.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
70.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
71.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
72.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
73.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
74.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains2.2 
75.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
76.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.1 
77.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.12010-05-23
78.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains2.1 
79.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
80.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
81.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
82.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
83.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
84.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
85.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.8 
86.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.8 
87.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
88.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.8 
89.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
90.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
91.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains1.7 
92.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.7 
93.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
94.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.62010-04-18
95.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
96.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
97.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.62011-04-24
98.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.6 
99.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.6 
100.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
101.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
102.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.52010-10-31
103.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.52011-06-11
104.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
105.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
106.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.5 
107.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams1.5 
108.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
109.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
110.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.5 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.52010-06-19
111.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.4 
112.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
113.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.4 
114.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
115.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
116.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
117.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
118.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.42010-10-30
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains1.4 
119.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
120.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.4 
121.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
122.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.3 
123.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
124.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains1.3 
125.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
126.Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
127.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.2 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
128.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
129.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
130.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains1.22010-04-17
131.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.2 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
132.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.2 
133.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.22011-04-10
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains1.2 
134.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
135.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.12010-06-19
136.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.1 
137.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
138.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region1.1 
139.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams1.1 
140.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains1.12011-06-10
141.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
142.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
143.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
144.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
145.Peak 54405440240Black Mountains.9 
146.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.92010-06-19
147.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.9 
148.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
149.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.92010-06-19
150.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
151.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.92010-04-17
152.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.9 
153.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.92010-05-23
154.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
155.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
156.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
157.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.8 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.82011-06-10
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
158.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.8 
159.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.8 
160.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.82010-06-19
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.8 
161.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.8 
162.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
163.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
164.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
165.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.7 
166.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.7 
167.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
168.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
169.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
170.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.72010-10-31
171.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
172.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.7 
173.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.7 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.6 
174.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.62010-04-10
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.6 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.6 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.62010-10-30
175.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.6 
176.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
177.Tricorner Knob6120160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.6 
178.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.5 
179.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.5 
180.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
181.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.5 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.5 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.52011-04-23
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.5 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.5 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
182.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
183.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
184.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.32010-06-19
185.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 

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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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