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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Christine Soskins's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 185, or 1.62%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.0 
2.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.7 
3.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4 
5.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
6.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8 
7.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
8.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.0 
9.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
10.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
11.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7 
12.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
13.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6 
14.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
15.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
16.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.2 
17.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
18.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.8 
19.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9Unknown
20.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.2 
21.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
23.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
24.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.4 
25.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
26.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
27.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
28.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3 
29.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.32017-09-23
30.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.0 
31.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
32.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
33.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
34.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.4 
35.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
36.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.4 
37.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
38.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
39.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.1 
40.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
41.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
42.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
43.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.9 
44.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
45.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
46.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
47.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
48.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.6 
49.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.5 
50.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
51.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
52.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
53.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.3 
54.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3 
55.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
56.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
57.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
58.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
59.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
60.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
61.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
62.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
63.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
64.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
65.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0 
66.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.0 
67.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
68.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.92017-09-24
69.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
70.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
71.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
72.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
73.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
74.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
75.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
76.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
77.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7 
78.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
79.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
80.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
81.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.6 
82.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
83.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.6 
84.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
85.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
86.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
87.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5 
88.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
89.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
90.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
91.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.4 
92.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.3 
93.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
94.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
95.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
96.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
97.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
98.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.3 
99.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
100.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
101.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
102.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
103.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
104.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
105.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
106.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
107.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.2 
108.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
109.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
110.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
111.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
112.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
113.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.1 
114.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1 
115.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
116.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.1 
117.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.0 
118.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
119.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
120.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.0 
121.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
122.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
123.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
124.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
125.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
126.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0 
127.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
128.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
129.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
130.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
131.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
132.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
133.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
134.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9 
135.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
136.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9 
137.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
138.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
139.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.8 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
140.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
141.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
142.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
143.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
144.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
145.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
146.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
147.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
148.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.7 
149.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
150.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.7 
151.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
152.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
153.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
154.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
155.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
156.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
157.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
158.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
159.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
160.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
161.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
162.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
163.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
164.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.5 
165.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
166.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.52017-09-23
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
167.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
168.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
169.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
170.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.5 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.5 
171.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
172.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.5 
173.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.4 
174.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
175.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
176.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.42017-09-24
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.42017-09-23
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
177.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
178.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.42017-09-23
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
179.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.42017-09-23
180.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
181.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
182.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.4 
183.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.4 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.3 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.3 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.3 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.3 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.3 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.3 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.3 
184.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.2 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.2 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.2 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.2 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
185.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0 

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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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