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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence

RankPeak Prom-Ft
(Avg)
 Elev-Ft
(Avg)
StateRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Huckleberry Knob34405580North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front29.4 
2.Crabtree Bald27205340North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.6 
3.Big Frog Mountain25204220TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front28.6 
4.Snake Mountain22805580North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges16.2 
5.Oswald Dome18403020TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.3 
5.No Business Mountain18402770VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge5.8 
7.Tusquitee Bald17605260North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.0 
8.Wine Spring Bald17205460North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.8 
8.Morris Knob17204460VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges10.1 
10.Holston High Point16304300TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges10.9 
11.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark16203430KentuckyCumberland Mountains6.1 
 Mount Jefferson16004660North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.2 
 High Peak16004260North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.5 
 Bald Knob16004260VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges23.7 
 Heard Mountain16002390VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge8.8 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West15924380VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges4.5 
 Mount GuyotNullNullNorth Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains16.7 
 Pig Pen BluffNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges5.4 
12.Thorny FlatNullNullWest VirginiaAllegheny Mountains32.5 
12.Spruce KnobNullNullWest VirginiaAllegheny Mountains175.4 
12.Black MountainNullNullKentuckyCumberland Mountains14.7 
12.High KnobNullNullVirginiaCumberland Mountains40.3 
12.Cross MountainNullNullTennesseeCumberland Mountains46.4 
12.Reddish KnobNullNullVirginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges15.4 
12.Elliott KnobNullNullVirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.1 
12.Bald KnobNullNullVirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges49.6 
12.Balsam Beartown MountainNullNullVirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges28.2 
12.Chimneytop-Southwest PeakNullNullTennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges20.9 
12.HawksbillNullNullVirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge40.0 
12.Rocky MountainNullNullVirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge26.2 
12.Apple Orchard MountainNullNullVirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge33.7 
12.Grandfather MountainNullNullNorth CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.8 
12.Sugarloaf MountainNullNullNorth CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front6.2 
12.Standing IndianNullNullNorth CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front32.4 
12.Brasstown BaldNullNullGeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.9 
12.Big Bald MountainNullNullGeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.3 
12.Clingmans DomeNullNullTennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains70.7 
12.English MountainNullNullTennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains11.7 
12.Mount RogersNullNullVirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges40.5 
12.Roan High KnobNullNullNorth Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges18.8 
12.Camp Creek BaldNullNullNorth Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.6 
12.Big BaldNullNullNorth Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges15.9 
12.Mount MitchellNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1189.0 
12.Waterrock KnobNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.7 
12.Richland BalsamNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges27.1 
12.Cheoah BaldNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.2 
12.Buzzard RoostNullNullNorth CarolinaPiedmont17.4 
12.Signal Pole HillNullNullNorth CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.2 
12.Lairds KnobNullNullVirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges12.4 
12.Sugarloaf MountainNullNullVirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges13.7 
12.Big House MountainNullNullVirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges17.1 
12.Tobacco Row Mountain-High PeakNullNullVirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge10.8 
12.Hall TopNullNullTennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6.5 
12.Cove MountainNullNullTennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains4.9 
12.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain KnobNullNullTennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains3.4 
12.Phoenix MountainNullNullNorth CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.9 
12.Little Pisgah MountainNullNullNorth CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front11.5 
12.Cowee BaldNullNullNorth CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.4 
12.Bluff MountainNullNullNorth CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.1 
12.Sugar Run MountainNullNullVirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges15.2 

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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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