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Appalachian Plateaus

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointSpruce Knob (4861 ft/1482 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesKentucky (24%), Pennsylvania (17%), New York (16%), Tennessee (14%), Alabama (14%), West Virginia (13%), Virginia (1%), Mississippi (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area157,888 sq mi / 408,929 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent770 mi / 1,240 km North-South
812 mi / 1,306 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 54' N; 81° 7' W
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Map of Appalachian Plateaus
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Appalachian Plateaus.
Appalachian MountainsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Canadian AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northern U.S. AppalachiansLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Appalachian PlateausLevel 3
                 Allegheny PlateauLevel 4 (Child)
                 Catskill MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Allegheny MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Cumberland PlateauLevel 4 (Child)
                 Cumberland MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
         Appalachian RidgesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Blue Ridge MountainsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Piedmont-Southeast CoastLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Appalachian Plateaus

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Spruce Knob48611482Allegheny Mountains
2.Thorny Flat48481478Allegheny Mountains
3.Bald Knob48421476Allegheny Mountains
4.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Allegheny Mountains
5.Tygart Valley North4760+1451+Allegheny Mountains
6.Hosterman Benchmark West47571450Allegheny Mountains
7.Snowshoe Fire Tower4720+1439+Allegheny Mountains
8.Red Spruce Knob47031433Allegheny Mountains
9.Roaring Plains47021433Allegheny Mountains
10.Mace Knob46871429Allegheny Mountains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Spruce Knob48611482Allegheny Mountains
2.High Knob42231287Cumberland Mountains
3.Slide Mountain4180+1274+Catskill Mountains
4.Hinch Mountain3048929Cumberland Plateau
5.Elk Hill2680+817+Allegheny Plateau



Photos of Peaks in the Appalachian Plateaus

Spruce Knob

An observation tower allows visitors to Spruce Knob to see over the low scrubby trees of the flat summit area (1984-06-02).
Thorny Flat
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Marker is behind the posted sign - 38.393510N, 079.99184W (NAD83) (2021-01-02). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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Mace Knob-South Peak
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A broken hollow metal tube could be a leftover of something. I stuck a stick in it (2019-09-28). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Mount Porte Crayon
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If you find this, you will have thoroughly earned it. And if you seek the complete experience, do it in a downpour. Photo credit-Jobe Wymore (2017-04-20). Photo by MB Hansen.
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Pharis Knob
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The "Witness Tree" should be the true summit. There is a rustic metal rod near the other tree with a red paint (2019-09-07). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Picea Benchmark
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Picea Benchmark may not be on the highest ground. I don't think I can locate it without GPS assistance, no chance to find it if under snow. (2021-05-22). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Gay Knob
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The BM is at neither highest point nor peakbagger point, but very close to the triangulation mark of topo maps (2020-10-03). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Gaudineer Knob
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view from the overlook (2019-08-31). Photo by Justin Bowe.
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Grassy Knob
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This small bump southwest corner the tower area is the location of high point coordinates (2021-01-02). Photo by Steven Fishback .
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Bald Knob
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The "cairn shelter" is not the actual high point, but close enough (2020-09-26). Photo by Powen Ru.
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