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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
1.Thorny Flat48481688  
2.Spruce Knob48612781  
3.Black Mountain41391899  
4.High Knob42232043  
5.Cross Mountain35342094  
6.Reddish Knob43971997  
7.Elliott Knob44632423  
8.Bald Knob43612041  
9.Balsam Beartown Mountain47102130  
10.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak31181738  
11.Morris Knob44401680  
13.Rocky Mountain40722272  
14.Apple Orchard Mountain42252825  
15.Grandfather Mountain59462426  
16.Sugarloaf Mountain39651725  
17.Standing Indian54992819  
18.Big Frog Mountain42002480  
19.Brasstown Bald47842108  
20.Big Bald Mountain40751755  
21.Huckleberry Knob55603400  
22.Clingmans Dome66434503  
23.English Mountain36292292  
24.Mount Rogers57292449  
25.Snake Mountain55602240  
26.Roan High Knob62853485  
27.Camp Creek Bald48441737  
28.Big Bald55162556  
29.Mount Mitchell66846089  
30.Waterrock Knob62921947  
31.Richland Balsam64103010  
32.Cheoah Bald50622357  
33.Wine Spring Bald54401680  
34.Icy Knob30001760  
35.Crabtree Bald53202680  
36.No Business Mountain27601820  
37.Lairds Knob32821882  
38.Sugarloaf Mountain36261746  
39.Big House Mountain36451925  
40.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak29321960  
41.Oswald Dome30001800  
42.Hall Top36101770  
43.Cove Mountain40771757  
44.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob37651645  
45.Phoenix Mountain47101670  
46.Little Pisgah Mountain44121732  
47.Cowee Bald49441664  
48.Bluff Mountain51001620  
49.Tusquitee Bald52401720  
50.Sugar Run Mountain40871677  

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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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