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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).
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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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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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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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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Cabin Mountain
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BM inside the woods, no view (2020-09-26). Photo by Powen Ru.
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