North Carolina peaks

2,674 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Mitchell

6,683 ft / 2,036 m

Most summited peak

Clingmans Dome

184 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Mitchell

6,089 ft / 1,855 m prom

North Carolina summits

1,948 summits

First Ascent Awards

365 of 2,674 peaks 13%

Top climbing months

April 13%

June 12%

May 12%

North Carolina mountains highlights

"We took the MST to the “Trailhead” of Mount Hardy, marked by orange ribbon. The trail is pretty well defined, not as well as the MST but pretty easy to manage. Close to the summit we reached a USGS marker for “NO 2 Black MT 1933.” There is a nice campsite / sitting area in a field very close to the summit. It was a gorgeous day, and the weather was perfect. On our way back down we decided to take a side trail, marked by blue ribbon. We assumed it was to another overlook, but the trail continued down the side of the mountain. We checked the GPS and realized we were headed toward the Parkway. W" - Mount Hardy, ChrisM, Nov 7, 2018
"Today was quite the warm day, with temperatures on the trail around 75. I hiked up the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from Greybeard Mountain Overlook. It was a short, but steep hike. About 100-200 yards in, the trail veers to the right to cross the BRP. At that point I went to the left and followed a well established trail. After a short time the trail began ascending up the mountain. There are a couple of quick scrambles over rocks. After passing through a rocky, mossy area, the trail closed in, as there were many thick rhodedens along the way. I came upon a false summit and stopped for a b" - Craggy Dome, ChrisM, May 13, 2018
"Short out and back trail that will make you sweat for it. The entire trail runs straight up the mountain with little to no break. There is a small rock scramble on top to summit the mountain. There are beautiful views of the Swannanoa River Valley as well as the high peaks of the Black Mountains. " - Lookout Mountain, ChrisM, May 4, 2018
"This trip was on the most beautiful day for a hike. I began at the Art Loeb Trail where it intersects Black Balaam Rd and began my climb, meandering through the forest. After popping up out of the trees, there are 360 degree views. This is probably my favorite hike, because of the beautiful scenery for most of the hike. I passed by a couple getting married as well as several other hikers along the way to Black Balsam Knob. One I reached the top, I realized that I had plenty more time before sunset. So I continued on to Tennent Mountain. I left the crowd behind at Black Balsam and imme" - Black Balsam Knob, ChrisM, Apr 28, 2018
"This trip was on the most beautiful day for a hike. I began at the Art Loeb Trail where it intersects Black Balaam Rd and began my climb, meandering through the forest. After popping up out of the trees, there are 360 degree views. This is probably my favorite hike, because of the beautiful scenery for most of the hike. I passed by a couple getting married as well as several other hikers along the way to Black Balsam Knob. One I reached the top, I realized that I had plenty more time before sunset. So I continued on to Tennent Mountain. I left the crowd behind at Black Balsam and immed" - Tennent Mountain, ChrisM, Apr 28, 2018

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