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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Michael Prowatzke's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (32 out of 220, or 14.55%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846094Black Mountains1189.02010-09-04
2.Clingmans Dome66434523Central Great Smoky Mountains70.72006-01
3.Standing Indian54992859Georgia Blue Ridge32.42010-10-17
4.Huckleberry Knob56003480Unicoi Mountains29.4 
5.Richland Balsam64103050Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
6.Roan High Knob62853525Roan-Unaka Mountains18.82009-11-02
7.Mount Guyot66211621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
8.Snake Mountain56002320Beech-Snake-Rich16.0 
9.Big Bald55162596Bald Mountains15.92009-10-30
10.Yellow Mountain51271567South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
11.Grandfather Mountain59462466N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7 
12.Crabtree Bald53602760Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
13.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6 
14.Wine Spring Bald54801760Nantahala Mountains9.8 
15.Cheoah Bald50622397Cheoah Mountains8.22010-10-22
16.Unaka Mountain52001480Roan-Unaka Mountains8.22009-11-01
17.Thunderhead Mountain55271127Western Great Smoky Mountains7.92012-01-06
18.Tusquitee Bald52801800Nantahala Mountains7.8 
19.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9 
20.Beech Mountain55201520Beech-Snake-Rich6.2 
21.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
23.Mount Pisgah57211401Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
24.The Peak5200920Beech-Snake-Rich5.4 
25.Newton Bald5200640Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
26.High Rocks5190750Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
27.Big Bald53071187Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
28.Hump Mountain5587947Roan-Unaka Mountains4.32009-11-03
29.Cold Mountain60301030Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
30.Bluff Mountain51001660Beech-Snake-Rich4.0 
31.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
32.Nettle Creek Bald5200618Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
33.Celo Knob6327647Black Mountains3.52010-09-04
34.Craggy Dome61201080Great Craggy Mountains3.42010-09-05
35.Stratton Bald54001120Unicoi Mountains3.4 
36.Mount Hardy6160840Great Balsam Mountains3.4 
37.Doubletop Mountain5481961Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
38.Little Bald Knob5680552Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
39.Sugar Mountain52401160N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.1 
40.Bunches Bald55201024Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
41.Yellow Bald52801080Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
42.Laurel Top5907467Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
43.Big Butt5960760Black Mountains2.9 
44.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
45.Mount Kephart6217697Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
46.Sandymush Bald5152512Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
47.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155675Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
48.Hanging Rock52401080Beech-Snake-Rich2.6 
49.Green Knob5120840N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.5 
50.North Eaglenest Mountain5071551Plott Balsams2.5 
51.Three Top Mountain50401309Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
52.Steestachee Bald5720600Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
53.Ridgepole Mountain5043723Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Clingmans Peak6560120Black Mountains2.3 
54.Grassy Ridge Bald6200688Roan-Unaka Mountains2.32009-11-02
55.Walker Bald5440720Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
56.Coxcomb Mountain54431203Black Mountains2.3 
57.Fryingpan Mountain5360440Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
58.Luftee Knob6234354Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
59.Purchase Knob5086366Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
60.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
61.Rough Butt Bald5960560Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
62.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5040200Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
63.Siler Bald52401120Nantahala Mountains2.1 
64.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.12012-01-04
65.Rich Mountain Bald5583383Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
66.Mount Gibbes6560480Black Mountains2.02010-09-05
67.Big Yellow Mountain5480240Roan-Unaka Mountains2.0 
68.Lower Hughes Ridge5188388Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
69.Pilot Mountain5120561Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
70.Shortoff Mountain5040960South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
71.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020620Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
72.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
73.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
74.Becks Bald5053453Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
75.High Top5263423Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
76.Cosby Knob5200506Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
77.Cold Spring Knob5240400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.72012-01-06
78.Elk Knob55601080Beech-Snake-Rich1.7 
79.Snaggy Bald5471591Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
80.Graybeard Mountain5400400N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
81.The Pinnacle5665505N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
82.Plott Balsam Mountain6088408Plott Balsams1.6 
83.Rich Benchmark5106546Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
84.Blackstock Knob6360520Black Mountains1.62010-09-06
85.Lane Pinnacle5230630Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
86.Big Junction East5520320Unicoi Mountains1.6 
87.Breakneck Ridge5480600Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
88.Mount Lyn Lowry6280440Plott Balsams1.5 
89.Roan High Bluff6267187Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
90.Cattail Peak6640200Black Mountains1.52010-09-04
91.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.42012-01-06
92.Green Knob5920200Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
93.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.42006-01
94.Mount Davis5080400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
95.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249409Unicoi Mountains1.4 
96.Little Bald5240360Bald Mountains1.32009-10-30
97.Chestnut Bald6040240Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
98.Shining Rock6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
99.Mount Chapman6417617Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
100.Little Bald Knob5080680Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
101.Chiltoes Mountain5920360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
102.Blackrock Mountain5810210Plott Balsams1.3 
103.Little Hump Mountain5480520Roan-Unaka Mountains1.32009-11-03
104.Blockhouse Mountain5470630Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
105.Grassy Cove Top6080400Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
106.Little Bald Mountain5320400Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
107.Brier Knob5215375Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
108.Porters-False Peak5572292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
109.Hemphill Bald5560400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
110.Yellow Mountain5040699Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
111.Point Misery5715395Black Mountains1.2 
112.Rich Mountain Bald5372972Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
113.Beech Mountain-East Summit5200240Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
114.Campbell Lick5576256Plott Balsams1.1 
115.Upper Highland Ridge5166286Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
116.Indian Knob5137457Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
117.Blue Knob5040640Black Mountains1.1 
118.Rocky Bald5360480Nantahala Mountains1.1 
119.Wayah Bald5342182Nantahala Mountains1.12010-10-19
120.Peak 56805720344Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
121.Snowball Mountain5400520Great Craggy Mountains1.1 
122.Marks Knob6169289Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
123.Yellow Face6032352Plott Balsams1.0 
124.Old Bald5800280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
125.Buck Knob5640480Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
126.Perry Top5080400Plott Balsams1.0 
127.Rocky Bald5120240Nantahala Mountains1.0 
128.Cold Spring Knob5960360Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
129.Mount Squires5070230Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
130.Reinhart Knob6120280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
131.Moody Top5320360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
132.Winter Star Mountain6203323Black Mountains1.02010-09-04
133.Sam Knob6080440Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
134.Yellow Spot5120280Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
135.Eagle Rocks5849369Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
136.Eaglenest Ridge5040240Plott Balsams.9 
137.Birdstand Mountain5320320Great Balsam Mountains.9 
138.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
139.Balsam Cone6640440Black Mountains.92010-09-04
140.Ogle Ridge5480320Black Mountains.9 
141.Mount Craig6647327Black Mountains.92010-09-04
142.Mount Hallback6329169Black Mountains.92010-09-05
143.Cataloochee Divide5080320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
144.Peak 51495149269Nantahala Mountains.9 
145.Bullhead Mountain5960400Great Craggy Mountains.8 
 Spruce Mountain5647127Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
146.Hooper Bald5429189Unicoi Mountains.8 
147.Soco Gap North5065265Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
148.Hawk Mountain5480360Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
149.Big Butt5120400Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
150.Andrews Bald5960240Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Commissary Hill578222Black Mountains.8 
151.Haw Knob5472232Unicoi Mountains.8 
152.Peak 54015401361Plott Balsams.8 
153.Attic Window Peak5920320N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
154.Big Bald5320400Great Balsam Mountains.8 
155.Whim Knob5501381Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
156.Gibbs Mountain6240200Black Mountains.72010-09-04
157.Rocky Knob South5280240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
158.Pinnacle Bald5440320Plott Balsams.7 
159.Sunup Knob5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
160.Spot Knob5840280Great Balsam Mountains.7 
161.Licklog Mountain5200240Black Mountains.7 
162.Potrock Bald5215215Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Ross Knob5120122Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
163.Coward Bald5187347Great Balsam Mountains.7 
164.South Hooper Bald5200480Unicoi Mountains.7 
165.Brown Lead5640360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
166.Mount Sequoyah6003203Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.62015-09-13
167.Round Bald5840240Roan-Unaka Mountains.62009-11-02
168.Fie Top5080280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
169.Balsam High Top5760320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Mount Hardison6134134Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
170.Gage Bald5574214Great Balsam Mountains.6 
171.Bald Knob5440240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
172.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.5 
173.Bearwallow Knob5085325Black Mountains.5 
174.Setzer Mountain5520240Plott Balsams.5 
 Stairs Mountain5920130Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Grassy Bald5613133Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Tater Hill5194114Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
175.Little Pisgah Mountain5320240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
176.Graveyard Ridge5640240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
177.Laurel Patch Bald5600360Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Thermo Knob6120120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
178.Heintooga Bald5266226Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
179.Beartown Mountain5480160Roan-Unaka Mountains.52009-11-02
180.Peak 49605000320Newfound Mountain Region.5 
181.Big Scaly5080360Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
182.Lone Bald5880320Great Balsam Mountains.5 
183.Tricorner Knob6160240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Fork River Bald554060Great Balsam Mountains.5 
184.Little Sam Knob5862222Great Balsam Mountains.5 
185.Docks Gap East5065185Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Matlock Bald501494Nantahala Mountains.4 
186.Lost Knob5467187Great Balsam Mountains.4 
187.Brush Fence Ridge5520200Black Mountains.4 
188.Masa Knob5720206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
189.Beech Knob5200160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
190.Craggy Gardens5720240Great Craggy Mountains.4 
191.Charlies Bunion5600200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
192.De Armond Bald5136216Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
193.Tennent Mountain6080200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 The Narrows5360120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
194.Elk Hollow Ridge5200160Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
195.Old Black6370210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42015-09-13
196.Weatherman Bald5000200Nantahala Mountains.4 
197.Middle Top5200160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
198.Old Butt Knob5525165Great Balsam Mountains.4 
199.Wolfden Knob5000200Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Soco Bald5480120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
200.Tanasee Bald5600200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
201.Charley Bald5560240Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Mount Ambler6160126Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
202.Dead Line Ridge5080200Nantahala Mountains.4 
203.Little Bearpen North5760200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
204.Dog Loser Knob5761161Great Balsam Mountains.4 
205.Herrin Knob5760280Great Balsam Mountains.4 
206.Sugartree Licks North5400280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Jane Bald5840120Roan-Unaka Mountains.42009-11-02
 Silvermine Bald6000120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
207.Albert Mountain5240280Georgia Blue Ridge.42010-10-18
208.Little Haw Knob5160160Unicoi Mountains.4 
209.Flat Spring Knob5720240Black Mountains.4 
 Hangover5200120Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551878Beech-Snake-Rich.4 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
210.Devils Courthouse5760160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
211.Buck Knob5600200Great Balsam Mountains.3 
212.Parker Knob5440200Great Balsam Mountains.3 
213.Beartrap Knob5600160Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Potato Knob6440120Black Mountains.3 
 The Sawteeth5452132Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Bear Ridge5548108Black Mountains.3 
 High Knob5163123Black Mountains.3 
214.Browning Knob6280200Plott Balsams.3 
 Leatherwood Top504080Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Cloudland Mountain6240120Roan-Unaka Mountains.32009-11-02
215.Flower Knob5920160Great Balsam Mountains.3 
216.Walker Knob5482162Black Mountains.3 
 Bearpen Knob528888Great Craggy Mountains.3 
 Rocky Top544181Western Great Smoky Mountains.32012-01-06
 Little Butt5640120Black Mountains.3 
 Grassy Ridge6160120Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
 Big Pine Mountain553393Black Mountains.3 
217.Pecks Corner South5490210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
218.Percys Peak6240160Black Mountains.3 
219.Hawkbill Rock5000160Great Craggy Mountains.2 
 Seniard Mountain505292Great Balsam Mountains.2 
 Jenkins Knob560093Central Great Smoky Mountains.2 
 Potato Hill6475155Black Mountains.22010-09-04
 Pinnacle Mountain5040120Georgia Blue Ridge.2 
 Linville Peak5320120N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
220.MacRae Peak5845205N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1 

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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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