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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Paul McClellan's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (2 out of 185, or 1.08%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.013112005-09-28
2.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.713422018-07-28
3.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8290 
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4116 
5.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1168 
6.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4184 
7.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.623 
8.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9157 
9.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7232 
10.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2106 
11.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.052 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6131 
13.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.823 
14.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.842 
15.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.019 
16.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7120 
17.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.111 
18.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.227 
19.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.223 
20.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.268 
21.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6112 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.19 
23.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.424 
24.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.35 
25.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.612 
26.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9146 
27.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.138 
28.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.433 
28.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.162 
30.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.828 
31.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.478 
31.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7232 
31.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.19 
31.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.630 
35.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3106 
36.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9246 
37.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.118 
38.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.221 
39.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.310 
40.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3112 
41.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.922 
42.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.427 
43.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.29 
44.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.156 
45.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.470 
45.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.551 
47.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.85 
48.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.314 
49.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.930 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.893 
51.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.210 
52.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7170 
53.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.911 
54.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3217 
55.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.37 
56.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.636 
57.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.596 
58.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.310 
59.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.33 
59.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.619 
61.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.92 
62.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.513 
63.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.366 
64.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.114 
64.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.12 
66.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.77 
67.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.915 
68.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.946 
69.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.412 
69.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.55 
71.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.314 
72.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.56 
73.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.65 
74.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.117 
75.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.733 
76.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.733 
77.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4220 
77.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.779 
79.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.666 
79.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.398 
79.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.126 
82.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.921 
83.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
84.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.83 
85.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.096 
85.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.012 
85.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.16 
85.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.76 
89.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.78 
90.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.420 
91.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.649 
92.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9210 
92.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.568 
92.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0125 
92.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.364 
96.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.230 
97.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.08 
98.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.113 
99.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.711 
100.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.239 
101.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.036 
102.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.97 
103.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.27 
104.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.86 
105.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2126 
105.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.822 
105.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.221 
105.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.737 
105.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.011 
105.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.232 
105.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.826 
105.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.748 
105.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.88 
105.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.419 
105.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.04 
116.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.235 
117.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.071 
118.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.75 
119.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.111 
120.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9330 
121.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.52 
122.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0131 
123.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.07 
123.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.310 
123.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.710 
123.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.511 
123.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.88 
123.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.361 
123.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.510 
130.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.224 
131.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.034 
132.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4104 
133.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.11 
134.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3163 
134.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.891 
134.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.511 
134.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.611 
134.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.69 
134.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.95 
134.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.76 
134.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.97 
134.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.99 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.58 
143.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.578 
144.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.910 
145.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
146.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.421 
147.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.17 
148.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.057 
148.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.713 
148.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.08 
148.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.410 
148.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.45 
148.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4113 
148.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02 
148.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.022 
148.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.95 
148.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.64 
158.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.852 
159.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.024 
160.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.55 
161.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.518 
162.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.41 
163.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.713 
164.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.69 
165.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4101 
165.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.322 
165.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.37 
168.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.446 
169.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.192 
170.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.692 
171.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3103 
171.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.849 
171.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6214 
171.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.412 
171.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.435 
171.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.517 
171.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.44 
171.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.54 
171.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.029 
171.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.611 
171.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.579 
171.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.722 
171.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.72 
171.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.213 
171.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.718 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.826 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5129 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.41 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.50 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1128 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.098 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.420 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.319 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.420 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5164 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.362 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.781 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4195 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.413 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.42 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4146 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.33 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.44 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.418 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.534 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.40 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.41 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.48 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.111 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.41 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.47 
 Lickstone Ridge4960120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.20 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2143 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.410 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.411 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.54 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.333 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.546 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.84 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4118 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.30 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.78 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.347 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.342 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.476 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.32 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.42 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.429 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.220 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.56 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.30 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.45 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.245 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.31 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.24 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.39 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3104 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.354 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.370 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.392 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.340 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.58 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.437 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4181 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.325 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.414 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.430 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.252 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.414 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.28 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.30 
 Art Stewart Ridge496040Unicoi Mountains.31 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.455 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.351 

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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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