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Cumberland Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointHigh Knob (4223 ft/1287 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesKentucky (45%), Virginia (25%), Tennessee (24%), West Virginia (6%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area7,590 sq mi / 19,659 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent124 mi / 200 km North-South
200 mi / 322 km East-West
Center Lat/Long36° 44' N; 83° 3' W
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Map of Cumberland Mountains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Cumberland Mountains.
Appalachian PlateausLevel 3 (Parent)
         Allegheny PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Catskill MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Allegheny MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Cumberland PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Cumberland MountainsLevel 4
                 Northern Cumberland MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Pine Mountain-Northwest Cumberland MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Black MountainLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cumberland-Stone MountainLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Cumberland MountainsLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Cumberland Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.High Knob42231287Cumberland-Stone Mountain
2.Black Mountain41391262Black Mountain
3.The Doubles4080+1244+Black Mountain
4.Camp Rock4000+1219+Cumberland-Stone Mountain
5.Norton City High Point3960+1207+Cumberland-Stone Mountain
6.Big A Mountain37061130Northern Cumberland Mountains
7.Potato Hill3680+1122+Black Mountain
8.Little Black Mountain-Dominion Benchmark3640+1109+Black Mountain
9.Little Black Mountain-Central Summit3640+1109+Black Mountain
10.Little Black Mountain-North Spur Summit3640+1109+Black Mountain
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.High Knob42231287Cumberland-Stone Mountain
2.Black Mountain41391262Black Mountain
3.Big A Mountain37061130Northern Cumberland Mountains
4.Cross Mountain35341077Southern Cumberland Mountains
5.Pine Mountain-Birch Gap Peak3149960Pine Mountain-Northwest Cumberland Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Cumberland Mountains

Black Mountain

Black Mountain, Kentucky and the radar dome nearby (1984-08-19).
Big A Mountain
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Big A Mountain in Virginia and its radio towers in winter. Photo by G.L. Honaker, Jr (2008-01-26).
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Cross Mountain
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Cross Mountain summit area (2013-10-20). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Frozen Head
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The tower on the top of Frozen Head, Tennessee (2010-02-06). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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