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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-Ft
StateRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell60946684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges1189.02003-06-09
2.Spruce Knob28014861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains175.42002-06-01
3.Clingmans Dome45236643Tennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains70.72003-06-10
4.Bald Knob20814361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges49.6 
5.Cross Mountain21143534TennesseeCumberland Mountains46.4 
6.Mount Rogers24895729VirginiaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges40.52008-07-04
7.High Knob20634223VirginiaCumberland Mountains40.3 
8.Hawksbill21884050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge40.0 
9.Apple Orchard Mountain28454225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge33.7 
10.Thorny Flat17284848West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains32.5 
11.Standing Indian28595499North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front32.4 
12.Huckleberry Knob34805600North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front29.4 
13.Big Frog Mountain25604240TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front28.6 
14.Balsam Beartown Mountain21504710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges28.2 
15.Richland Balsam30506410North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges27.1 
16.Elliott Knob24634463VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges27.1 
17.Rocky Mountain22924072VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge26.2 
18.Bald Knob16404280VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges22.6 
19.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak17583118TennesseeSouthern Appalachian Ridges20.9 
20.Roan High Knob35256285North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges18.8 
21.Icy Knob18003000North CarolinaPiedmont17.4 
22.Big Bald Mountain17954075GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front17.2 
23.Mount Guyot16216621North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains16.7 
24.Big House Mountain19653645VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges16.4 
25.Snake Mountain23205600North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges16.0 
26.Big Bald25965516North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges15.9 
27.Brasstown Bald21084784GeorgiaSouthern Blue Ridge Front15.92003-06-10
28.Reddish Knob20374397Virginia/West VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges15.3 
29.Black Mountain19394139KentuckyCumberland Mountains14.72003-06-08
30.Grandfather Mountain24665946North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front14.7 
31.Sugar Run Mountain16774087VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges14.5 
32.Sugarloaf Mountain17663626VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges13.4 
33.Signal Pole Hill16593459North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front12.9 
34.Lairds Knob19023282VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges12.2 
35.Crabtree Bald27605360North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges11.6 
36.Holston High Point16604320TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges10.9 
37.English Mountain23323629TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains10.9 
38.Little Pisgah Mountain17724412North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front10.7 
39.Waterrock Knob19476292North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges10.6 
40.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak19602932VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge10.5 
41.Morris Knob17604480VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges9.8 
42.Wine Spring Bald17605480North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.8 
43.Oswald Dome18803040TennesseeSouthern Blue Ridge Front9.3 
44.Cowee Bald17044944North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges9.3 
45.Cheoah Bald23975062North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges8.2 
46.Tusquitee Bald18005280North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges7.8 
47.Heard Mountain16202400VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge7.8 
48.Hall Top18103610TennesseeCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6.4 
49.Sugarloaf Mountain17653965North CarolinaSouthern Blue Ridge Front6.1 
50.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark16403440KentuckyCumberland Mountains6.0 
51.Camp Creek Bald17374844North Carolina/TennesseeWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.6 
52.Phoenix Mountain17104710North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges5.5 
53.No Business Mountain18602780VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge5.4 
54.Pig Pen Bluff16214401North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges5.3 
55.Cove Mountain17974077TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains4.5 
56.East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West16234400VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges4.4 
57.Mount Jefferson16404680North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.2 
58.High Peak16404280North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.0 
59.Bluff Mountain16605100North CarolinaWestern Blue Ridge Ranges4.0 
60.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob16853765TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains3.3 

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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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