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South Beyond 6000

Roan Mountain on the NC/TN border

South Beyond 6000 is a program organized by the Carolina Mountain Club, the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. These three organizations are trail maintenance clubs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

South Beyound 6000 is a recognition that is earned by climbing 40 of the highest peaks in the Southern United States. All of the peaks are above 6,000 feet in elevation, and are located in the southern Appalachians in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

The current list appears in the table below. Climbing all of these mountains qualifies you for membership in South Beyond 6000, and you are eligible to receive a patch and a certificate to recognize your accomplishment!


  Peak Name Elevation Location Date Climbed
  • Mt. Mitchell
  • 6,684' Black Mountains Area 11/03/02
  • Mt. Craig
  • 6,647' Black Mountains Area -
  • Clingman's Dome
  • 6,643' Smokies Area 10/03/00
  • Mt. Guyot
  • 6,621' Smokies Area -
  • Balsam Cone
  • 6,611' Black Mountains Area -
  • Mt. LeConte
  • 6,593' Smokies Area 06/28/09
  • Mt. Gibbes
  • 6,571' Black Mountains Area -
  • Potato Hill
  • 6,475' Black Mountains Area -
  • Mt. Chapman
  • 6,417' Smokies Area -
  • Richland Balsam
  • 6,410' Great Balsams Area -
  • Old Black
  • 6,370' Smokies Area -
  • Roan High Bluff
  • 6,367' Roan Mountain Area 11/4/01
  • Blackstock Knob
  • 6,359' Black Mountains Area 08/10/02
  • Celo Knob
  • 6,327' Black Mountains Area -
  • Mt. Hallback
  • 6,320' Black Mountains Area -
  • Waterrock Knob
  • 6,292' Plott Balsams Area -
  • Roan High Knob
  • 6,285' Roan Mountain Area 12/26/98, 11/4/01
  • Jones Knob
  • 6,240' Plott Balsams Area -
  • Luftee Knob
  • 6,234' Smokies Area -
  • Gibbs Mountain
  • 6,224' Black Mountains Area -
  • Mt. Kephart
  • 6,217' Smokies Area 07/22/01
  • Black Balsam Knob
  • 6,214' Great Balsams Area -
  • Winter Star Mountain
  • 6,212' Black Mountains Area -
  • Mt. Collins
  • 6,188' Smokies Area 10/03/00
  • Mark's Knob
  • 6,169' Smokies Area -
  • Grassy Ridge
  • 6,160' Roan Mountain Area 07/08/01
  • Big Cataloochee
  • 6,155' Smokies Area -
  • Tricorner Knob
  • 6,120' Smokies Area 10/05/00
  • Mt. Hardy
  • 6,110' Great Balsams Area -
  • Plott Balsam
  • 6,088' Plott Balsams Area -
  • Craggy Dome
  • 6,080' Craggy Area 08/26/01
  • Reinhart Knob
  • 6,080' Great Balsams Area -
  • Chestnut Bald
  • 6,040' Great Balsams Area -
  • Grassy Cove Top
  • 6,040' Great Balsams Area -
  • Sam Knob
  • 6,040' Great Balsams Area -
  • Shining Rock
  • 6,040' Great Balsams Area -
  • Tennent Mountain
  • 6,040' Great Balsams Area -
  • Yellow Face
  • 6,032' Plott Balsams Area -
  • Cold Mountain
  • 6,030' Great Balsams Area -
  • Mt. Sequoyah
  • 6,003' Smokies Area 10/04/00


    For additional information, check out

    Carolina Mountain Club's South Beyond 6000 website, or

    Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club's South Beyond 6000 website, or

    America's Roof website


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