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Southeast USA Peaks Top 50 by Prominence

RankPeak Prom-M  Elev-M StateRange (Level 4)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell18562037North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1913.5 
2.Clingmans Dome13732025Tennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains113.8 
3.Roan High Knob10631916North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges30.2 
4.Huckleberry Knob10371695North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front47.3 
5.Richland Balsam9181954North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges43.6 
6.Apple Orchard Mountain8611288VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge54.2 
7.Standing Indian8591676North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front52.2 
8.Spruce Knob8481482West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains282.3 
9.Crabtree Bald8171622North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges18.7 
10.Big Bald7791681North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges25.7 
11.Big Frog Mountain7561280TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front46.1 
12.Mount Rogers7461746VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges65.2 
13.Grandfather Mountain7391812North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front23.9 
14.Elliott Knob7381360VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges43.6 
15.Cheoah Bald7191543North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges13.2 
16.English Mountain6981106TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains18.9 
17.Rocky Mountain6921241VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge42.1 
18.Snake Mountain6831695North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges26.1 
19.Hawksbill6541234VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge64.4 
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain6501436VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges45.4 
21.Brasstown Bald6421458GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front25.6 
22.Cross Mountain6381077TennesseeCumberland Mountains74.6 
23.High Knob6231287VirginiaCumberland Mountains64.9 
24.Bald Knob6221329VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges79.9 
25.Reddish Knob6081340Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges24.8 
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak598894VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge17.3 
27.Waterrock Knob5941918North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges17.1 
28.Big House Mountain5871111VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.5 
29.Black Mountain5791262KentuckyCumberland Mountains23.7 
30.Lairds Knob5731000VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges20.0 
31.No Business Mountain554841VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge9.3 
32.Oswald Dome548914TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front16.6 
33.Hall Top5391100TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.4 
34.Cove Mountain5361243TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains7.8 
35.Big Bald Mountain5351242GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front27.8 
36.Sugarloaf Mountain5321105VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges22.1 
37.Buzzard Roost530908North CarolinaPiedmont28.0 
38.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak529950TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges35.5 
39.Camp Creek Bald5291476North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges9.0 
40.Little Pisgah Mountain5281345North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front18.6 
41.Sugarloaf Mountain5261209North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.0 
42.Tusquitee Bald5241597North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges12.8 
43.Thorny Flat5151478West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains52.3 
44.Wine Spring Bald5121658North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges15.8 
44.Morris Knob5121353VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges16.9 
46.Sugar Run Mountain5111246VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges24.5 
47.Phoenix Mountain5091436North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges9.5 
48.Cowee Bald5071507North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges15.1 
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob5021148TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains5.5 
50.Bluff Mountain4931554North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.6 
 Signal Pole Hill4931054North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front22.9 
 Pig Pen Bluff4881341North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.7 
 Holston High Point4881305TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges17.5 
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark4871042KentuckyCumberland Mountains9.8 
 Mount Guyot4822018North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains26.9 
 Heard Mountain481725VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge14.2 
 Mount Jefferson4751414North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.8 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West4761329VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges7.3 
 High Peak4751292North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges7.3 
 Bald Knob4751292VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges38.2 

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List Description

List Info

Even though the Southern Appalachians are higher than the Northern Appalachians, they can only muster 24 peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, compared to 54 north of the Potomac. Lack of glaciation has left the southern peaks more rounded and gentle, and thus the ruggedness needed for lots of high prominence peaks is lacking. Still, this is a nice list, an excellent alternative to the list of tightly clustered 6000-foot peaks of the South. North Carolina still (entirely or partially) claims 21 of the ranked 50 peaks, but that means that over half are in the other mountainous Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky

Due to a lack of accurate survey elevations for many peaks and saddles in the region, the lower reaches of this list are made up of several summits with overlapping prominence ranges. The value listed here is the clean prominence, so the list cuts off at 1620 feet of clean prom, just below Bluff Mountain. But the unranked peaks below could very well be on the "Fifty Finest" list--for example, Bald Knob could have as much as 1640 feet of prominence, more that Bluff's clean value. To claim a list completion, a climber should probably do the unranked peaks to increase the chance that the actual top 50 were climbed.

Finally, this list shows Rocky Mountain, VA with 2272 feet of prominence, but there are several nearby peaks (Pleasant, Maintop, Bald) with 4040-to-4079 foot contours that could perhaps "steal" the prominence from Rocky. So it is probalby wise to visit those contenders, too.

Sources

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 2000 by Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and Ron Tagliapietra.
  • List generation helped by Edward Earl's WinProm program.
  • Posts made to the Yahoo Prominence Group online forum.
  • Prominence values in this list may not agree 100% with sources, due to different interpretations of key col spot elevations and out-dated peak elevations in the PBC Database.

 


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