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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankPeak Elev-Ft
TotalRound 1
1.Thorny Flat48481708  
2.Spruce Knob48612791  
3.Black Mountain41391919  
4.High Knob42232053  
5.Cross Mountain35342104  
6.Reddish Knob43972017  
7.Elliott Knob44632443  
8.Bald Knob43612061  
9.Balsam Beartown Mountain47102140  
10.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak31181748  
11.Morris Knob44601720  
13.Rocky Mountain40722282  
14.Apple Orchard Mountain42252835  
15.Grandfather Mountain59462446  
16.Sugarloaf Mountain39651745  
17.Standing Indian54992839  
18.Big Frog Mountain42202520  
19.Brasstown Bald47842108  
20.Big Bald Mountain40751775  
21.Huckleberry Knob55803440  
22.Clingmans Dome66434513  
23.English Mountain36292312  
 Mount Guyot66211601  
25.Mount Rogers57292469  
26.Holston High Point43001630  
27.Snake Mountain55802280  
28.Roan High Knob62853505  
29.Camp Creek Bald48441737  
30.Big Bald55162576  
31.Mount Mitchell66846092  
32.Waterrock Knob62921947  
33.Richland Balsam64103030  
34.Cheoah Bald50622377  
35.Wine Spring Bald54601720  
36.Icy Knob30001780  
37.Crabtree Bald53402720  
 High Peak42601600  
 Heard Mountain23901600  
40.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark34301620  
41.Signal Pole Hill34591639  
42.No Business Mountain27701840  
43.Lairds Knob32821892  
44.Sugarloaf Mountain36261756  
45.Big House Mountain36451945  
46.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak29321960  
47.Oswald Dome30201840  
48.Hall Top36101790  
49.Cove Mountain40771777  
50.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob37651665  
51.Phoenix Mountain47101690  
 Pig Pen Bluff44011611  
53.Little Pisgah Mountain44121752  
54.Cowee Bald49441684  
55.Bluff Mountain51001640  
56.Tusquitee Bald52601760  
57.Sugar Run Mountain40871677  
 Bald Knob42601600  
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West43801592  
 Mount Jefferson46601600  

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Danny Casady,II, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

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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