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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence

Showing Peter Chinigo's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 60, or 10%)

RankPeak Prom-M
StateRange (Level 4)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Spruce Knob8541482West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains282.32002-06-01
2.Black Mountain5911262KentuckyCumberland Mountains23.62003-06-08
3.Mount Mitchell18572037North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1913.52003-06-09
4.Clingmans Dome13792025Tennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains113.82003-06-10
4.Brasstown Bald6431458GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front25.52003-06-10
6.Mount Rogers7591746VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges65.22008-07-04
 Mount Guyot4942018North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains26.9 
 Richland Balsam9301954North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges43.6 
 Waterrock Knob5931918North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges17.1 
 Roan High Knob10741916North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges30.2 
 Grandfather Mountain7521812North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front23.6 
 Huckleberry Knob10611707North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front47.3 
 Snake Mountain7071707North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges25.7 
 Big Bald7911681North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges25.5 
 Standing Indian8711676North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front52.2 
 Wine Spring Bald5361670North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges15.7 
 Crabtree Bald8411634North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges18.6 
 Tusquitee Bald5491609North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges12.6 
 Bluff Mountain5061554North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.5 
 Cheoah Bald7311543North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges13.2 
 Cowee Bald5191507North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges14.9 
 Thorny Flat5271478West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains52.3 
 Camp Creek Bald5291476North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges9.0 
 Balsam Beartown Mountain6551436VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges45.4 
 Phoenix Mountain5211436North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges8.9 
 Mount Jefferson5001426North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.8 
 Morris Knob5361366VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges15.8 
 Elliott Knob7511360VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges43.6 
 Little Pisgah Mountain5401345North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.3 
 Pig Pen Bluff4941341North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.5 
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West4951341VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges7.0 
 Reddish Knob6211340Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges24.6 
 Bald Knob6341329VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges79.9 
 Holston High Point5061317TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges17.5 
 High Peak5001305North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges6.5 
 Bald Knob5001305VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges36.4 
 Big Frog Mountain7801292TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front46.1 
 Apple Orchard Mountain8671288VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge54.2 
 High Knob6291287VirginiaCumberland Mountains64.9 
 Sugar Run Mountain5111246VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges23.4 
 Cove Mountain5481243TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains7.3 
 Big Bald Mountain5471242GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front27.7 
 Rocky Mountain6991241VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge42.1 
 Hawksbill6671234VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge64.4 
 Sugarloaf Mountain5381209North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.8 
 Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob5141148TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains5.4 
 Big House Mountain5991111VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges26.4 
 English Mountain7111106TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains17.5 
 Sugarloaf Mountain5381105VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges21.6 
 Hall Top5521100TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.3 
 Cross Mountain6441077TennesseeCumberland Mountains74.6 
 Signal Pole Hill5061054North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front20.8 
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark5001049KentuckyCumberland Mountains9.7 
 Lairds Knob5801000VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges19.6 
 Chimneytop-Southwest Peak536950TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges33.6 
 Oswald Dome573927TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.0 
 Icy Knob549914North CarolinaPiedmont28.0 
 Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak597894VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge16.9 
 No Business Mountain567847VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge8.7 
 Heard Mountain494732VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge12.6 

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List Description

List Info

Even though the Southern Appalachians are higher than the Northern Appalachians, they can only muster 24 peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, compared to 54 north of the Potomac. Lack of glaciation has left the southern peaks more rounded and gentle, and thus the ruggedness needed for lots of high prominence peaks is lacking. Still, this is a nice list, an excellent alternative to the list of tightly clustered 6000-foot peaks of the South. North Carolina still (entirely or partially) claims 21 of the ranked 50 peaks, but that means that over half are in the other mountainous Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky

Due to a lack of accurate survey elevations for many peaks and saddles in the region, the lower reaches of this list are made up of several summits with overlapping prominence ranges. The value listed here is the clean prominence, so the list cuts off at 1620 feet of clean prom, just below Bluff Mountain. But the unranked peaks below could very well be on the "Fifty Finest" list--for example, Bald Knob could have as much as 1640 feet of prominence, more that Bluff's clean value. To claim a list completion, a climber should probably do the unranked peaks to increase the chance that the actual top 50 were climbed.

Finally, this list shows Rocky Mountain, VA with 2272 feet of prominence, but there are several nearby peaks (Pleasant, Maintop, Bald) with 4040-to-4079 foot contours that could perhaps "steal" the prominence from Rocky. So it is probalby wise to visit those contenders, too.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 2000 by Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and Ron Tagliapietra.
  • List generation helped by Edward Earl's WinProm program.
  • Posts made to the Yahoo Prominence Group online forum.
  • Prominence values in this list may not agree 100% with sources, due to different interpretations of key col spot elevations and out-dated peak elevations in the PBC Database.


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