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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846094Black Mountains1189.01196 
2.Mount Craig6647327Black Mountains.9307 
3.Clingmans Dome66434523Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71236 
4.Balsam Cone6640440Black Mountains.9194 
4.Cattail Peak6640200Black Mountains1.5156 
6.Mount Guyot66211621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7108 
7.Mount Gibbes6560480Black Mountains2.094 
 Clingmans Peak6560120Black Mountains2.352 
 Potato Hill6475155Black Mountains.2134 
 Potato Knob6440120Black Mountains.368 
8.Mount Chapman6417617Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.359 
9.Richland Balsam64103050Great Balsam Mountains27.1152 
10.Old Black6370210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.494 
11.Blackstock Knob6360520Black Mountains1.661 
12.Mount Hallback6329169Black Mountains.095 
13.Celo Knob6327647Black Mountains3.589 
14.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6114 
15.Roan High Knob62853525Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8272 
16.Mount Lyn Lowry6280440Plott Balsams1.563 
16.Browning Knob6280200Plott Balsams.357 
18.Roan High Bluff6267187Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5122 
19.Gibbs Mountain6240200Black Mountains.776 
19.Percys Peak6240160Black Mountains.341 
 Cloudland Mountain6240120Roan-Unaka Mountains.385 
21.Luftee Knob6234354Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.232 
22.Mount Kephart6217697Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7156 
23.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9226 
24.Winter Star Mountain6203323Black Mountains1.0117 
25.Grassy Ridge Bald6200688Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3205 
26.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4205 
27.Mount Yonaguska6178258Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.417 
28.Marks Knob6169289Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.030 
29.Mount Hardy6160840Great Balsam Mountains3.465 
 Mount Ambler6160126Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4104 
 Grassy Ridge6160120Roan-Unaka Mountains.337 
30.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155675Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.633 
 Tricorner Knob614565Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.349 
 Mount Hardison6134134Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.49 
31.Craggy Dome61201080Great Craggy Mountains3.474 
31.Reinhart Knob6120280Great Balsam Mountains1.052 
 Thermo Knob6120120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.57 
33.Plott Balsam Mountain6088408Plott Balsams1.644 
34.Sam Knob6080440Great Balsam Mountains1.0116 
34.Grassy Cove Top6080400Great Balsam Mountains1.2117 
34.Tennent Mountain6080200Great Balsam Mountains.4182 
37.Shining Rock6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.3150 
37.Chestnut Bald6040240Great Balsam Mountains1.399 
39.Yellow Face6032352Plott Balsams1.060 
40.Cold Mountain60301030Great Balsam Mountains4.3101 
41.Mount Sequoyah6003203Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.683 
 Silvermine Bald6000120Great Balsam Mountains.435 
42.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.15 
43.Big Butt5960760Black Mountains2.923 
43.Rough Butt Bald5960560Great Balsam Mountains2.114 
43.Bullhead Mountain5960400Great Craggy Mountains.819 
43.Cold Spring Knob5960360Great Balsam Mountains1.04 
43.Andrews Bald5960240Central Great Smoky Mountains.841 
48.Grandfather Mountain59462466N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7220 
49.Chiltoes Mountain5920360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.34 
49.Attic Window Peak5920320N NC Blue Ridge Crest.885 
49.Green Knob5920200Great Balsam Mountains1.49 
49.Flower Knob5920160Great Balsam Mountains.341 
 Stairs Mountain5920130Great Balsam Mountains.544 
53.Laurel Top5907467Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.918 
54.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.572 
55.Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains.59 
56.Little Sam Knob5862222Great Balsam Mountains.516 
57.Eagle Rocks5849369Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.031 
58.MacRae Peak5845205N NC Blue Ridge Crest.187 
59.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.883 
60.Spot Knob5840280Great Balsam Mountains.711 
60.Round Bald5840240Roan-Unaka Mountains.6194 
 Jane Bald5840120Roan-Unaka Mountains.4168 
62.Blackrock Mountain5810210Plott Balsams1.313 
63.Old Bald5800280Great Balsam Mountains1.06 
64.Dog Loser Knob5761161Great Balsam Mountains.416 
65.Balsam High Top5760320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.69 
65.Herrin Knob5760280Great Balsam Mountains.46 
65.Little Bearpen North5760200Great Balsam Mountains.41 
65.Devils Courthouse5760160Great Balsam Mountains.469 
69.Mount Pisgah57211401Great Balsam Mountains5.6103 
70.Steestachee Bald5720600Great Balsam Mountains2.49 
70.Peak 56805720344Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.110 
70.Flat Spring Knob5720240Black Mountains.410 
70.Craggy Gardens5720240Great Craggy Mountains.430 
70.Masa Knob5720206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.441 
75.Point Misery5715395Black Mountains1.224 
76.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.25 
77.Little Bald Knob5680552Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.310 
78.The Pinnacle5665505N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.771 
 Spruce Mountain5647127Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.82 
79.Buck Knob5640480Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.09 
79.Brown Lead5640360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.77 
79.Graveyard Ridge5640240Great Balsam Mountains.512 
 Little Butt5640120Black Mountains.318 
 Grassy Bald5613133Great Balsam Mountains.53 
82.Silers Bald5607287Central Great Smoky Mountains1.493 
83.Huckleberry Knob56003480Unicoi Mountains29.4111 
83.Snake Mountain56002320Beech-Snake-Rich16.050 
83.Laurel Patch Bald5600360Great Balsam Mountains.59 
83.Charlies Bunion5600200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4129 
83.Buck Knob5600200Great Balsam Mountains.32 
83.Tanasee Bald5600200Great Balsam Mountains.42 
83.Beartrap Knob5600160Great Balsam Mountains.31 
 Jenkins Knob560093Central Great Smoky Mountains.241 
90.Hump Mountain5587947Roan-Unaka Mountains4.395 
91.Rich Mountain Bald5583383Great Balsam Mountains2.112 
92.Campbell Lick5576256Plott Balsams1.15 
93.Gage Bald5574214Great Balsam Mountains.68 
94.Porters-False Peak5572292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.221 
95.Elk Knob55601080Beech-Snake-Rich1.7208 
95.Hemphill Bald5560400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.216 
95.Charley Bald5560240Great Balsam Mountains.43 
 Bear Ridge5548108Black Mountains.30 
 Big Pine Mountain553393Black Mountains.31 
98.Thunderhead Mountain55271127Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9137 
99.Old Butt Knob5525165Great Balsam Mountains.416 
100.Beech Mountain55201520Beech-Snake-Rich6.221 
100.Bunches Bald55201024Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.115 
100.Big Junction East5520320Unicoi Mountains1.68 
100.Setzer Mountain5520240Plott Balsams.53 
100.Brush Fence Ridge5520200Black Mountains.415 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551878Beech-Snake-Rich.454 
105.Big Bald55162596Bald Mountains15.9142 
106.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.911 
107.Whim Knob5501381Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.75 
108.Standing Indian54992859Georgia Blue Ridge32.4168 
109.Pecks Corner South5490210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.34 
110.Walker Knob5482162Black Mountains.315 
111.Doubletop Mountain5481961Great Balsam Mountains3.39 
112.Wine Spring Bald54801760Nantahala Mountains9.837 
112.Breakneck Ridge5480600Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.54 
112.Little Hump Mountain5480520Roan-Unaka Mountains1.386 
112.Hawk Mountain5480360Roan-Unaka Mountains.88 
112.Ogle Ridge5480320Black Mountains.95 
112.Big Yellow Mountain5480240Roan-Unaka Mountains2.025 
112.Beartown Mountain5480160Roan-Unaka Mountains.532 
 Soco Bald5480120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
119.Haw Knob5472232Unicoi Mountains.850 
120.Snaggy Bald5471591Great Balsam Mountains1.75 
121.Blockhouse Mountain5470630Western Great Smoky Mountains1.33 
122.Lost Knob5467187Great Balsam Mountains.40 
 The Sawteeth5452132Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.331 
123.Coxcomb Mountain54431203Black Mountains2.34 
 Rocky Top544181Western Great Smoky Mountains.396 
124.Walker Bald5440720Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
124.Pinnacle Bald5440320Plott Balsams.75 
124.Bald Knob5440240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.610 
124.Parker Knob5440200Great Balsam Mountains.32 
128.Hooper Bald5429189Unicoi Mountains.825 
129.Peak 54015401361Plott Balsams.86 
130.Stratton Bald54001120Unicoi Mountains3.428 
130.Snowball Mountain5400520Great Craggy Mountains1.119 
130.Graybeard Mountain5400400N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.735 
130.Sugartree Licks North5400280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42 
134.Rich Mountain Bald5372972Beech-Snake-Rich1.220 
135.Crabtree Bald53602760Newfound Mountain Region11.620 
135.Rocky Bald5360480Nantahala Mountains1.15 
135.Fryingpan Mountain5360440Great Balsam Mountains2.357 
 The Narrows5360120Great Balsam Mountains.429 
138.Wayah Bald5342182Nantahala Mountains1.1114 
139.Little Bald Mountain5320400Great Balsam Mountains1.227 
139.Big Bald5320400Great Balsam Mountains.826 
139.Moody Top5320360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
139.Birdstand Mountain5320320Great Balsam Mountains.97 
139.Little Pisgah Mountain5320240Great Balsam Mountains.576 
 Linville Peak5320120N NC Blue Ridge Crest.252 
144.Big Bald53071187Roan-Unaka Mountains4.611 
 Bearpen Knob528888Great Craggy Mountains.37 
145.Tusquitee Bald52801800Nantahala Mountains7.821 
145.Yellow Bald52801080Georgia Blue Ridge3.16 
145.Rocky Knob South5280240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.718 
148.Heintooga Bald5266226Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.52 
149.High Top5263423Great Balsam Mountains1.78 
150.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.825 
151.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249409Unicoi Mountains1.417 
152.Sugar Mountain52401160N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.135 
152.Siler Bald52401120Nantahala Mountains2.153 
152.Hanging Rock52401080Beech-Snake-Rich2.627 
152.Cold Spring Knob5240400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.743 
152.Little Bald5240360Bald Mountains1.358 
152.Albert Mountain5240280Georgia Blue Ridge.4102 
158.Lane Pinnacle5230630Great Craggy Mountains1.617 
159.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.93 
160.Brier Knob5215375Western Great Smoky Mountains1.236 
160.Potrock Bald5215215Nantahala Mountains.712 
162.Unaka Mountain52001480Roan-Unaka Mountains8.262 
162.The Peak5200920Beech-Snake-Rich5.425 
162.Newton Bald5200640Central Great Smoky Mountains5.111 
162.Nettle Creek Bald5200618Central Great Smoky Mountains3.510 
162.Cosby Knob5200506Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.731 
162.South Hooper Bald5200480Unicoi Mountains.72 
162.Licklog Mountain5200240Black Mountains.72 
162.Beech Mountain-East Summit5200240Beech-Snake-Rich1.213 
162.Middle Top5200200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40 
162.Little Haw Knob5200200Unicoi Mountains.41 
162.Beech Knob5200160Great Balsam Mountains.41 
162.Elk Hollow Ridge5200160Roan-Unaka Mountains.428 
 Hangover5200120Unicoi Mountains.413 
 Tater Hill5194114Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
174.High Rocks5190750Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85 
175.Lower Hughes Ridge5188388Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.05 
176.Coward Bald5187347Great Balsam Mountains.73 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.48 
177.Upper Highland Ridge5166286Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
 High Knob5163123Black Mountains.30 
178.Sandymush Bald5152512Newfound Mountain Region2.727 
179.Peak 51495149269Nantahala Mountains.97 
180.Indian Knob5137457Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
181.De Armond Bald5136216Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
182.Yellow Mountain51271567South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.226 
183.Green Knob5120840N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.546 
183.Pilot Mountain5120561Great Balsam Mountains1.943 
183.Big Butt5120400Georgia Blue Ridge.86 
183.Yellow Spot5120280Roan-Unaka Mountains1.01 
183.Rocky Bald5120280Nantahala Mountains1.020 
 Ross Knob5120122Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.78 
188.Rich Benchmark5106546Great Balsam Mountains1.63 
189.Bluff Mountain51001660Beech-Snake-Rich4.012 
190.Purchase Knob5086366Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27 
191.Bearwallow Knob5085325Black Mountains.51 
192.Little Bald Knob5080680Georgia Blue Ridge1.39 
192.Mount Davis5080400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.416 
192.Perry Top5080400Plott Balsams1.02 
192.Big Scaly5080360Georgia Blue Ridge.59 
192.Cataloochee Divide5080320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
192.Fie Top5080280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.63 
192.Dead Line Ridge5080200Nantahala Mountains.47 
199.North Eaglenest Mountain5071551Plott Balsams2.55 
200.Mount Squires5070230Western Great Smoky Mountains1.023 
201.Soco Gap North5065265Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.83 
201.Docks Gap East5065185Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50 
203.Cheoah Bald50622397Cheoah Mountains8.296 
204.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.911 
205.Becks Bald5053453Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.82 
 Seniard Mountain505292Great Balsam Mountains.21 
206.Ridgepole Mountain5043723Georgia Blue Ridge2.310 
207.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.152 
208.Three Top Mountain50401309Beech-Snake-Rich2.418 
208.Shortoff Mountain5040960South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.920 
208.Yellow Mountain5040699Georgia Blue Ridge1.28 
208.Blue Knob5040640Black Mountains1.12 
208.Sunup Knob5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.715 
208.Eaglenest Ridge5040240Plott Balsams.94 
208.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5040200Beech-Snake-Rich2.18 
 Pinnacle Mountain5040120Georgia Blue Ridge.28 
 Leatherwood Top5040120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
215.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020620Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.91 
 Matlock Bald501494Nantahala Mountains.45 
216.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.18 
217.Peak 49605000320Newfound Mountain Region.55 
217.Weatherman Bald5000200Nantahala Mountains.41 
217.Wolfden Knob5000200Great Craggy Mountains.45 
217.Lickstone Ridge5000200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20 
217.Hawkbill Rock5000160Great Craggy Mountains.214 
 Art Stewart Ridge5000120Unicoi Mountains.31 

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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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