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Allegheny Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointSpruce Knob (4861 ft/1482 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesWest Virginia (66%), Pennsylvania (28%), Maryland (5%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area15,628 sq mi / 40,476 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent272 mi / 438 km North-South
259 mi / 417 km East-West
Center Lat/Long39° 13' N; 79° 54' W
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Map of Allegheny Mountains
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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 Allegheny Mountains.
Appalachian PlateausLevel 3 (Parent)
         Allegheny PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Catskill MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Allegheny MountainsLevel 4
                 Central Pennsylvania Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Laurel HighlandsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Northern Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Canaan Valley AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Western Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Shavers Fork Mountain ComplexLevel 5 (Child)
                 Spruce Mountain AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Yew Mountains AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Allegheny MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
         Cumberland PlateauLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Cumberland MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Allegheny Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Spruce Knob48611482Spruce Mountain Area
2.Thorny Flat48481478Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
3.Bald Knob48421476Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
4.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Canaan Valley Area
5.Tygart Valley North4760+1451+Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
6.Hosterman Benchmark West47571450Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
7.Snowshoe Fire Tower4720+1439+Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
8.Red Spruce Knob47031433Yew Mountains Area
9.Roaring Plains47021433Canaan Valley Area
10.Mace Knob46871429Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
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 NameftmRange5
1.Spruce Knob48611482Spruce Mountain Area
2.Thorny Flat48481478Shavers Fork Mountain Complex
3.Mount Porte Crayon47701454Canaan Valley Area
4.Red Spruce Knob47031433Yew Mountains Area
5.Winkler Benchmark4040+1231+Western Allegheny Mountains
6.Keeney Knob39271197Southern Allegheny Mountains
7.Backbone Mountain36621116Northern Allegheny Mountains
8.Laurel Mountain-Elliot Benchmark3157962Laurel Highlands
9.Blue Knob3120+951+Central Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Allegheny Mountains

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).
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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Cold Knob
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A gorgeous fall day drive on Cold Knob Road on-route to Cold Knob and Grassy Knob (2015-10-24). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Ivy Knob
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Looking northwest at Ivy knob from hwy #99 on a glorious fall day (2015-10-23). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Backbone Mountain
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The wooded summit of Backbone Mountain, also known as Hoye Crest, high point of Maryland (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Mount Davis
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The lookout tower on Mount Davis, high point of Pennsylvania (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Blue Knob
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Information on Pennsylvania's second-highest peak. (2017-09-30). Photo by Chris Lecksell.
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Herman Point
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FAA radio towers (2017-07-16). Photo by Jim Blingpants.
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