Jump to Map of List PeaksHide Unranked Peaks in ListShow List using Metric Units

North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.01369
2.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9345
3.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71397
4.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7125
5.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9220
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5176
6.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.099
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.357
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2153
7.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.371
8.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1178
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.374
9.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4105
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0103
10.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5109
11.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.673
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6140
13.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8304
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5140
14.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.572
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.365
15.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.236
16.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7172
17.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9262
18.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0143
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.788
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.355
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3101
19.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4230
20.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.424
21.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.036
22.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3226
23.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.639
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.356
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.412
24.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.473
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4124
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.342
25.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.652
26.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.484
26.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.062
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.58
28.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0133
28.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2135
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4209
30.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.075
31.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3116
32.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6101
33.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3171
33.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3111
35.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.112
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.441
36.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7244
37.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.934
37.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.119
37.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.825
37.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.08
37.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.853
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.926
43.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.584
44.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310
44.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.895
44.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.511
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.416
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.551
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.347
47.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.519
48.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.040
49.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.196
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.896
51.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.324
52.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.714
52.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6231
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4196
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.424
54.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.09
55.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6119
56.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611
56.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.412
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.42
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.482
58.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.233
59.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.212
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.414
60.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.112
60.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.449
60.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.414
60.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.441
65.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.782
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84
66.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.314
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.54
67.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4113
68.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.012
68.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710
68.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.518
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.329
71.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3118
72.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.114
73.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.17
74.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.611
75.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.227
76.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4121
76.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.055
76.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.512
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4153
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.34
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.46
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.32
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.248
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.30
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.31
79.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9154
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.424
80.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7241
80.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.222
80.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.46
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.457
83.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9163
84.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.913
85.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711
86.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4197
87.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.37
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.321
88.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.310
89.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.225
89.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.120
89.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.610
89.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.55
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.420
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.541
93.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.854
94.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.79
95.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.35
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.41
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.336
96.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.36
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3110
97.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.847
97.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.55
97.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3103
97.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.88
97.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.98
97.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.030
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.414
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.827
103.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.810
104.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37
104.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.76
104.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.611
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.33
107.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.222
108.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.435
108.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.127
108.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.739
108.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.45
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1144
112.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.628
112.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.19
112.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.370
112.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.434
116.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.615
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.310
117.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.235
117.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.828
117.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.98
117.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.582
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.253
121.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55
122.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.711
123.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.833
124.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.421
125.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.825
125.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.111
125.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.724
128.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.621
129.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.97
130.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.243
130.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.714
132.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.139
132.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.168
132.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.630
132.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.755
132.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.366
132.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4125
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.56
138.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85
139.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.08
140.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.77
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410
141.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.276
142.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.30
143.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.428
143.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513
143.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.114
143.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.736
143.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.77
143.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.73
143.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.213
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.41
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.42
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.433
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.416
150.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.739
151.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.911
152.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.12
153.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.41
154.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.231
155.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.66
156.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.019
157.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27
158.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.53
159.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.554
159.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.951
159.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.811
159.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02
159.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.027
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.79
164.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.510
165.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.025
166.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.86
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50
167.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2114
168.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.920
169.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.85
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.25
170.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.315
171.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.161
172.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.310
172.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.421
172.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.04
172.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.511
172.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99
172.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.97
172.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.410
179.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.93
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.45
180.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.111
181.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.425
181.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.927
181.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.29
181.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.13
181.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.720
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.112
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.29
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.511
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.42
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.48
 Lickstone Ridge4960120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.221
 Art Stewart Ridge496040Unicoi Mountains.31

Front Runners List: Click to see list completion progress by climbers that log their climbs using

Compare Climbers: Click to compare ascents of up to 5 climbers working on this list.

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.


Map Showing Location of Peaks

 = Peak with Rank #1 on List;   = Other Peaks

Click on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.

(Map only shows peaks ranked by clean prominence)

Click Here for a Full Screen Map

This page has been served 1128008 times since 2004-11-01.

Copyright © 1987-2020 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service