These are the five highest mountains located in the state of North Carolina. Many people associate North Carolina with the Atlantic Ocean, since the state has a long shoreline along the Atlantic, including Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but there also many mountains in the western part of the state. They are all great places to visit.
The five highest or tallest mountains located in North Carolina. All five of these mountains are well over 6,500 feet in height, and all five are the five highest mountains located in the eastern part of the United States.
All five of the highest mountain in North Carolina are great places to visit. You can drive up paved roads to nearly the tops of two of these tallest mountains in North Carolina.
Five Highest Mountains in North Carolina
1. Mount Mitchell - 6,684 feet
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At 6,684 feet in height, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain in North Carolina, and the highest mountain in the eastern part of the United States. Mount Mitchell is located in Mountain Mitchell State Park in the Pisgah National Forest in west-central North Carolina.
Mount Mitchell is named for University of North Carolina professor Elisha Mitchell, who first measured the mountains height in 1935. Mitchell fell to his death on the mountain in 1857. Since the top of Mount Mitchell is flat, it is a relatively easy mountain to climb, as you can really just hike to the top from the parking lot near the top.
2. Mount Craig- 6,647 feet
Located just north of Mount Mitchell is the second highest mountain in North Carolina, Mount Craig at a height of 6,647 feet. Mount Craig is named for former North Carolina Governor, Locke Craig, who served from 1913-1917. In 1915, Governor Craig created Mount Mitchell State Park which encompasses the two tallest mountains in North Carolina.
Mount Craig is also an easy mountain to hike to the top of, and for a fit hiker, climbing both Mount Mitchell and Mount Craig can easily be accomplished in one day since they are so close to one another.
3. Clingman's Dome- 6,643 feet
At a height of 6,643 feet, Clingman's Dome is just four feet shorter than Mount Craig, which makes it the third highest mountain in North Carolina. Clingman's Dome is actually located on the North Carolina and Tennessee border in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the two states share the mountain.
It is very easy to reach the top of Clingman's Dome, as a paved road goes nearly to the top, and then you can easily hike to the top, where there is a great 54 foot high observation tower. Clingman's Dome is named for Civil War General Thomas Clingman.
4. Mount Guyot- 6,621 feet
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Also located along the Tennessee and North Carolina border in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the fourth tallest mountain in North Carolina, Mount Guyot at 6,621 feet in height. Mount Guyot lies north of Clingman's Dome, about 10 miles east of Gatlinburg.
The mountain is named for Princeton University geography and geology Professor, Arnold Henry Guyot. Without any doubt, Mount Guyot is a much harder mountain to climb than the three mountains listed above, as the hike the to the top is long and not as well laid out.
5. Balsam Cone- 6,611 feet
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The fifth highest mountain in orth Carolina is Balsam Cone at 6,611 feet in height. Balsam Cone is located in Mount Mitchell State Park, just north of Mount Mitchell and Mount Craig in west-central North Carolina.
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