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Highest Points in the U.S.A – State Peaks Guide.

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Americas Greatest Heights & Tallest

The Highest Mountains and Summits in the U.S.A! Since the dawn of time there has always been something inspiring about great summits and mountains. In Biblical times, they believed high mountains brought you closer to the Heavens and God.

An example of this is where Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive the 10 commandments. There is also an attraction by great mountains for explorers, adventurers, Photographers and even fitness fanatics scaling mountains for the breathtaking views!

The U.S is a hub of great natural wonders, partly due to it’s geographical diversity. With 26 climate zones and 25 unique regions it’s definitely the perfect place to learn about the greatest heights. The U.S is blessed with having both the tallest mountains such as Mt. Denali, Alaska to the eighth lowest place in the world, Death Valley in California.

Do States with Higher Mountains generate more Revenue?

While, Yes! According to the trade organization Outdoor Industry Association, states with higher elevations such a Mountains and peaks often generate more revenue due to outdoor recreational tourism.  This is not even mentioned the health and mind benefits of nature being more accessible.

To find the highest point in every state, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States. The highest peaks range massively from just 345 feet in Florida to 20,320 feet in Alaska.


Topographical Prominence:

According to Wiki: ” Prominence measures the height of a mountain or hill’s summit relative to the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it. It is a measure of the independence of a summit. ” In other words, how tall is the peak!

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1. Mount Denali, Alaska.

– The Highest Summit In The U.S.A

Mount Denali is the highest summit in the United States of America, with a peak elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level. Formerly known as Mount McKinley for over a century!  Mount Denali is situated within the Mountain ranges of Alaska. Nps

  • Highest peak: Denali
  • Elevation: 20,320 ft.
  • Coordinates: 63.1° N, 151.0° W
Mount Denali, Alaska. Highest Point in U.S.A, Highest Peak

Mount Denali, Alaska. Highest Point in U.S.A, Highest Peak Photo by wiki commons (Highest points U.S.A)

As an Attraction, Mount Denali brings in tourists and adventurers from all over the United States and the world! Making it the number one attraction of the Denali National Park. Mount Denali is the third most desolate and prominent peak after Mount Everest and the Aconcagua mountains. Mount Denali has a topography eminence of approximately 20,156 feet with 7,459 kilometers consisting of segregated terrain.

2. Mount Whitney, California.

– Highest Peak of the Lower 48 States.

At 14,494 ft above sea level, Mount Whitney is the highest summit of the lower 48 states, Mont Whitney is a climbing hot spot and hikers paradise. However, be aware that you will need a permit to hike to minimise ecological impact. nps

Mount Whitney, California. Highest peak in lower 48 states

Mount Whitney California. Highest peak in lower 48 states (Highest points U.S.A)

  • Highest peak: Mount Whitney
  • Elevation: 14,494 ft above sea level
  • Coordinates: 36.6° N, 118.3° W

3. Mount Elbert, Colorado

– Tallest Peak in Colorado.

With a summit height of 14,440 feet above sea level, Mount Elbert is the tallest peak in Colorado. As a Climbers paradise, many hikers and climbers have nicknamed this mountain the “Gentle Giant” , and one of the easier of the “14ers” to scale.nps

Mount Elbert, Colorado

Mount Elbert, ColoradoPhoto by Benno Flickr

  • Highest peak: Mount Elbert
  • Elevation: 14,440 ft.
  • Coordinates: 39.1° N, 106.4° W

4. Mount Rainier, Washington. 

– One of the Most Dangerous Volcanos in the U.S.A!

At 14,441 ft above sea level Mount Rainier attracts some avid climbers and hikers, however caution should be taken. As Mount Rainer is one of the most dangerous volcanos in the U.S and could go of with little or no warning! According a United States Geological survey.nps

Mount Rainier, Washington. Highest Point in Washington.

Mount Rainier, Washington. Highest Point in Washington. (Highest points U.S.A)

  • Highest peak: Mount Rainier
  • Elevation: 14,411 ft above sea level
  • Coordinates: 46.9° N, 121.8° W

5. Gannett Peak,Wyoming

With a peak 13,809 feet above sea level , Gannett Peak should be scaled only by experienced and skilled climbers and Mountaineers…as it is a challenging climb and takes 7 days to get to the top for most. If you want a challenge here it is!  Located in Wyoming, Gannett Peak mountain is the tallest on the Wind River Mountain range. nps

Gannett Peak, Wyoming. Highest Peak in Wyoming. (Highest points U.S.A)

  • Highest peak: Gannett Peak
  • Elevation: 13,809 ft.
  • Coordinates: 43.2° N, 109.7° W

6. Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

– Highest Island Summit in the U.S

Standing at a height of 13,796 ft, Mauna Kea is an Inactive Volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. As the highest island summit in all of the U.S territories and even the entire pacific, this is a true wonder of the world.  Surprisingly, Mount Kea is actually 33,000 feet from base to peak, making it 4,000 feet taller then Everest! However, heres the catch, the majority of it is underwater! An Ancient monster, some estimates say this summit is millions of years old.

Mauna Kea, Volcano

Mauna Kea, Volcano (Highest points U.S.A)

Highest peak: Mauna Kea
Elevation: 13,796 ft above Sea level.
Coordinates: 19.8° N, 155.5° W

7. Kings Peak, Utah

> Highest peak: Kings Peak
> Elevation: 13,534 ft.
> Coordinates: 40.8° N, 110.4° W

At 13,534 feet above sea level, Kings peak is fit for Royalty! With stunning panoramic views, this is a true wonder of the world. At great hiking spot make sure you reserve at least two days to complete the 30 mile round trip.


Utah-Kings-peak Photo by : Shutterstock Mitch-Johanson (Highest points U.S.A)

Fun Fact: The name “Kings Peak” doesn’t stem from a royal bloodline, in fact it was the name of the United States Geological Surveys First Director, “Clarence King”

8. Wheeler Peak, New Mexico 

Otherwise known as Taos Peak, Wheeler park is 13, 167 ft above sea level and real monster of New Mexico. The name was changed from Taos Peak, to Wheeler Peak back in the 1950’s to honor George Montague Wheeler, who heading up the effort to survey New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.nps

Wheelers peak

Wheelers peak Photo by: wiki commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Wheeler Peak
> Elevation: 13,167 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.6° N, 105.4° W

 9. Boundary Peak, Nevada

With a peak 13,147 feet above sea level Boundary Peak is a great climb for true adventurers. Situated close to the California Border Boundary peak is suitably named. Just 200 feet shorter than its Californian Big brother Montgomery Peak they are very closely related, in distance and topology.

Boundary peak, nevada

Boundary peak, nevada Photo by Wikipedia Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Boundary Peak
> Elevation: 13,147 ft.
> Coordinates: 37.8° N, 118.4° W

 10. Granite Peak, Montana

With challenging rock climbing routes and intense hiking trails, this is one of the most dangerous and difficult heights to reach in the U.S.A. In fact, no body actually managed to reach the summit until 1923! nps

Granite peak Montana- Highest peak in Montana

Granite peak Montana- Highest peak in Montana Photo by Wikipedia Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

  • Highest peak: Granite Peak
  • Elevation: 12,807 ft (above sea level)
  • Coordinates: 45.2° N, 109.8° W

11. Borah Peak, Idaho

At 12,668 feet above sea level, Borah Peak, Idaho is another very challenging climb..especially as you get close to the peak. The summit is so treacherous, that many climbers have nicknamed it “Chickout Ridge”…good luck. nps

Borah Peak, highest point in Idaho

Borah Peak Idaho Photo by: Shutterstock/DM Larson (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Borah Peak
> Elevation: 12,668 ft.
> Coordinates: 44.1° N, 113.8° W

12. Humphreys Peak, Arizona

At 12,637 feet above sea level, Humphreys peak is another U.S Mountain which has undergone various name changes. In addition to being named Humphreys Peak in the 1870’s the mountain was also called San Francisco Peak due to a General Land Office admin error. It wasn’t fixed until 1933…confusing eh! nps

Humphreys Peak, Arizona

Humphreys Peak, Arizona Photo by Sefen Serena Flickr

> Highest peak: Humphreys Peak
> Elevation: 12,637 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.3° N, 111.7° W

13. Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood is 11,249 feet above sea level, it is an active volcano but hasn’t erupted in over half a Century. So According to the U.S Geological Survey the chances of eruption without warning are low. This could be a great one to check out, especially to see the 11 glaciers at the summit! nps

Mount Hood and Meadow, Oregon. (Highest points U.S.A) Photo by: Roger Gerbig Flickr

> Highest peak: Mount Hood
> Elevation: 11,249 ft.
> Coordinates: 45.4° N, 121.7° W

14. Eisenhower Tunnel, Dever, Colorado

Highest Point On The Interstate Highway System

As the highest point on the interstate highway system, this is an amazing place to drive through! Eisenhower Tunnel is one of the worlds highest tunnels actually in service. With a maximum elevation of 11,158 feet, this dual bore tunnel has four lanes and is the highest point on the Interstate highway system and the longest Mountain Tunnel in the United States of America. source

Eisenhower Tunnel, Dever, Colorado Photo by Over Doz Flickr

15. Leadville, Colorado

– Highest City in the U.S

That’s right Leadville, Colorado is the highest city in the United States of America and is located in lake County, Colorado. At a maximum elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest city and the second highest merged district in the U.S

Leadville, Colorado Highest U.S City

Leadville, Colorado Photo by: Damian Entwistle Flickr

16. Lake County/Leadville Airport, Colorado.

Highest Airfield in the U.S

Another result of the Colorado Rockies, Lake County Airport has an elevation of 9,927 feet and is the highest airfield in the United States. Other wise known as Leadville Airport, this airport is a public airport and upon a successful landing, pilots are given certificates of approval!

Lake County Airport, Colorado Highest airport in the U.S.A

Lake County Airport/LeadVille Airport Photo by Eddiebobb Wiki Commons

As you might of guessed, due to it’s unique topology Lake County Airport is popular for aeroplane performance testing by various organizations.

17. Guadalupe Peak, Texas

With a summit of 8,751 Feet above sea level, this Texas Titan is a challenging hiking spot. Expect it to take around 6-8 hours to reach the summit and come back. But the views at the top are truely spectacular and worth the climb. When you get to the top, be sure to check out the American Airlines Monument which was placed at the summit in 1958 to honor stagecoach drivers who delivered mail to remote areas.

Guadalupe Peak, Texas Photo by Leaflet Wiki Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Guadalupe Peak
> Elevation: 8,751 ft.
> Coordinates: 31.9° N, 104.9° W

18. Black Elk Peak, South Dakota

At 7,244 feet above sea leve, Black Elk Peak is the highest natural peak in South Dakota. Located with the Black Elk Wilderness area, part of southern Pennington County, inside the Black Hills National Forest. This Mountain peak lies just 3.7 mi west-southwest of the great Mount Rushmore. usda

Black Elk Peak, South Dakota,

Black Elk Peak, South Dakota. (Highest points U.S.A)

Oldest Mountains in the U.S

After using radiometric dating, researchers can confirm that the oldest mountain range in the United States of America is the Black Hills range of South Dakota and Wyoming. These mountains are 1.8 billion years old, a whole 600 million years older than the Appalachians at 1.2 billion years old.

19. New Mexico State Capitol, New Mexico.

– Highest State Capital In The US

At 6,800 feet, New Mexico State Capitol is a government building Situated in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The New Mexico State Capitol is the highest state capital and the only round state capitol in the United States.

New Mexico State Capital - Highest State Capital in U.S.A

New Mexico State Capital – Highest State Capital in U.S.A Photo by Wiki commons. (Highest points U.S.A)

 20. Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

At 6,684 ft above sea level, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains, in addition to being the highest peak in mainland eastern North America.

The Mountain was named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor who discovered that the mountain was in fact the tallest in the eastern U.S. However, tragically, Elisha Mitchell died after his findings were challenged by Critics. When he went back to prove his claim, he fell to his death at a nearby waterfall, fate plays a terrible game. nc

Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

Sunrise @ Mt Mitchell Photo by: Kolin Toney Flickr

Where is Mount Mitchell Located?

Located near Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina; in the Black Mountain subrange of the Appalachians, about 19 miles northeast of Asheville.

Can you drive up to Mount Mitchell?

Located 35 miles northeast of downtown Asheville, reach Mount Mitchell via a very scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the Parkway, drive NC Highway 128 all the way to the summit. From the parking area, walk up a 1/4-mile paved, accessible trail to the observation deck for 360-degree panoramic views.

Hiking up Mount Mitchell?

If you would prefer to Hike, it takes around 4.5 hours, with most hikers taking a trail from Black Mountain Campground which ends at the summit. This is a 6-mile trail which requires around 4.5 hours of challenging hiking to reach the top and 3.5 hours to return.

  • Highest peak: Mount Mitchell
  • Elevation: 6,684 ft
  • Coordinates: 35.8° N, 82.3° W

For the most epic U.S driving roads including Blue Ridge Parkway, check out this great article. 25 MOST EPIC US DRIVING ROADS

21. Clingmans Dome,Tennessee 

A great spot for hiking and Skiing! Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 6,643 feet above sea level and a popular destination for cross country skiers. Be aware the road up to the peak is closed between the months of December-March.

Clingmans Dome, Highest point north Carolina

Heading to Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome @ Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee. Photo by: daveynin (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Clingmans Dome
> Elevation: 6,643 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.6° N, 83.5° W

22. Mount Washington, New Hampshire

A major hub of crazy and erratic weather, Mount Washington is 6,288 ft above sea level and formally called Agiocochook by some Native American Tribes. As the highest peak in Northeastern United States, Mountain Washington is Infamous for it’s wild weather swings. nps

Rolling Hills Mount Washington on a rare peaceful day. Photo by Ben Ferenchak Flickr

Mount Washington can have very erratic weather. For example, the observatory at the mountain once recorded a -100 degree windchill in January, and wind gusts at 231 miles per hour recorded in 1934.  This was a record for the fastest wind gust ever recorded until replaced by a typhoon in Australia in 1996.

If your brave enough to hike, each trail takes the average hiker around 5 hours one way to hike up or hike down Mount Washington.

> Highest peak: Mount Washington
> Elevation: 6,288 ft.
> Coordinates: 44.3° N, 71.3° W

23. Mount Rogers, Virginia

A less deadly place than Mount Washington, Mount Rogers is a tourist hotspot attracting 1 million visitors annually. At Mount Rogers you can sample many great outdoor activities. For example, at the 5,729 ft Mount Rogers you can hike, swim, ride horses and even test out your cross-country skiing skills in the winter. With over 500 miles of trails it is a hikers paradise. usda

Mount Rogers, Virginia - Highest peak in Virginia.

Mount Rogers, Virginia – Highest peak in Virginia. Photo by Wikicommons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Mount Rogers
> Elevation: 5,729 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.7° N, 81.5° W

24. Panorama Point, Nebraska

Panorama point is a difficult summit to spot, being just slightly higher than the surrounding mountains. But when you do manage to find it you will be rewarded with a breath taking view of the Nebraska plains.

This is “Panorama Point,” the highest point in Nebraska. The bison in the background were interesting. Photo by Mouser Williams, flickr

> Highest peak: Panorama Point
> Elevation: 5,427 ft.
> Coordinates: 41.0° N, 104.0° W

25. Mount Marcy, New York

Known for it’s many skyscrapers New York is often not thought of as having High natural peaks. But this was is a great Mountain to hike up, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

 Mount Marcy: 5344 feet (1497m) Highest in New York State.

Mount Marcy Sunrise. “After an early morning start (3am) it was amazing to be on top of Mount Marcy for sunrise. Taken while on a long day hike along the great range”.(Highest points U.S.A) Photo by: Dennis Barnes Flickr

With an elevation of 5,344 feet. and an isolation of 130 miles. It is located in the Town of Keene in Essex County. With the first ascent in 1837, these days it’s a popular hiking trail with the easiest route being the Van Hoevenberg trail.

  • Highest peak: Mount Marcy
  • Elevation: 5,343 ft.
  • Coordinates: 44.1° N, 73.9° W

26. Mount Katahdin, Maine

This mountain is the northernmost point on the great Appalachian Trail.

Mount Katahdin derives its name from the Penobscot Native American tribe. In the Penobscot language, “Katahdin” roughly translates to “greatest mountain.

As the highest point in Maine, this Mountain takes 8-12 hours (Round Trip) to hike and is a very strenuous climb no matter which trailhead you chose. The easiest trail is Saddle Trail because it is fairly gradual and leaves hikers less exposed compared to the other trails up to the summit.

Mount Katahdin, Maine

Mount Katahdin, Maine. Photo by Josh Delp Flickr

> Highest peak: Mount Katahdin
> Elevation: 5,270 ft.
> Coordinates: 45.9° N, 68.9° W

28. Black Mesa, Oklahoma 

Formally a popular place for outlaws such as Black Jack Ketchum and William Coe, it was just outside the jurisdiction of law enforcement and the perfect place to escape the authorities. These days many  Oklahomans have claimed they were abducted by aliens near the Black Mesa area.

The Trail Around the Mesa Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma. Photo by Jimmy Emerson Flickr

> Highest peak: Black Mesa
> Elevation: 4,975 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.9° N, 103.0° W

29. Spruce Knob, West Virginia 

Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet above sea level it is the highest point in the state of West Virginia and the summit of Spruce Mountain is the highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains.

Spruce Knob, West Virginia  - Highest Point in Virginia U.S

Spruce Knob, West Virginia  Photo by: Shutterstock/Yoshiyuki Takahashi (Highest points U.S.A)

You can drive all the way up to the summit and hike around the small loop trail which leads to the observation deck and then to a small wooden look-out on the far side of the trail. The trail is only a ½ mile and the drive is stunning.

  • Highest peak: Spruce Knob
  • Elevation: 4,863 ft.
  • Coordinates: 38.7° N, 79.5° W

30. Brasstown Bald, Georgia

Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia. Situated in northeast Georgia, the mountain is known to the native Cherokee people as Enotah.

Georgia Highest Peak Brasstown Bald

Georgia Highest Peak, Brasstown Bald Photo by Shutterstock Rod Clement (Highest points U.S.A)

If you decided to hike up, many have reported to have been able to see, North Carolina, South Carolina and even Tennessee if the weather is clear.

> Highest peak: Brasstown Bald
> Elevation: 4,784 ft.
> Coordinates: 34.9° N, 83.8° W

31. Mount Mansfield, Vermont 

The appropriately named Mount Mansfield is said to resemble a handsome Man! When viewed from the eastern side many have reported to see outlines of a mans face including a protruding Chin, Nose, Forehead and even a Adams Apple. src

Mount Mansfield, Vermont - Highest peaks in U.S

Mount Mansfield, Vermont Photo by WIki Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Mount Mansfield
> Elevation: 4,393 ft.
> Coordinates: 44.5° N, 72.8° W

32. Black Mountain, Kentucky

As the highest point in Kentucky at 4,145 ft, the appropriately named black mountain was a tremendous source of coal for many decades. With intense mining leaving the mountain a peculiar shape.  If your hoping to climb, make sure you sign a waiver before starting your ascent.

Black Mountain, Kentucky. - Highest point in Kentucky, U.S.A

Black Mountain, Kentucky. Photo by Wikicommons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Black Mountain
> Elevation: 4,145 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.9° N, 82.9° W


33. Mount Sunflower, Kansas 

We had many jokes about Kansas being “Flatter than a Pancake” during out Best U.S roadtrip article.  Also as not the most fun spot in Kansas many locals have reportedly put a plague at the summit saying “Nothing happened here in 1897”.

> Highest peak: Mount Sunflower
> Elevation: 4,041 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.0° N, 102.0° W

34. Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina

Close to the Blue Ridge Mountain, Sassafras Mountain is likely their smaller brother. Due to its height of only 3,560 ft it is alot smaller than the Blue Ridge Mountains and the only really interesting thing about it is that it falls just on the side of the South Carolina Border, making it the tallest in the state.

Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina. Photo by: Wiki Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Sassafras Mountain
> Elevation: 3,560 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.1° N, 82.8° W

35. White Butte, North Dakota

White Butte is a Chalky white peak with is located in the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The source of the white color is from the bentonite clay that makes up the butte, that was formed by a glacier which covered the area thousands of years ago.

Watch this video on YouTube.

> Highest peak: White Butte
> Elevation: 3,508 ft.
> Coordinates: 46.4° N, 103.3° W

36. Mount Greylock, Massachusetts 

Mount Greylock is an inspiring place for writers in Literary history. From Herman Melville to Oliver Wendell Holmes.  The Mountain was also a school forAmerican witches and wizards in J.K. Rowling’s original “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Mount Greylock, Massachusetts - Highest U.S peaks

Mount Greylock, Massachusetts Photo by Wiki Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Mount Greylock
> Elevation: 3,489 ft.
> Coordinates: 42.6° N, 73.2° W

37. Hoye-Crest, Maryland 

Hoye-Crest is a summit along Backbone Mountain just inside of Garrett County, Maryland, USA. Along with other parts of the Allegheny Mountains, Backbone mountain makes up part of the Eastern Continental Divide. The mountains help water to naturally  flow into the Chesapeake Bay before entering the Gulf of Mexico.

Hoye-Crest, Maryland. Highest Point in Maryland

Hoye-Crest, Maryland Photo by Jimmy Emerson

> Highest peak: Hoye Crest
> Elevation: 3,360 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.2° N, 79.5° W

38. Mount Davis, Pennsylvania 

Despite the flat peak, Mount Davis still towers over the rest of Pennsylvania. This means it can be harder to see much of the surrounding area like the base of the mountain.

Mount Davis, Photo by Wiki Commons (Highest points U.S.A)


> Highest peak: Mount Davis
> Elevation: 3,213 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.8° N, 79.2° W

39. Mount Magazine, Arkansas 

As the highest point in Arkansas, Mount Magazine is a flat-topped mountain capped by hard rock and rimmed by precipitous cliffs. It’s intriguing name was derived from French explorers mistaking the noise of a landslide for an exploding ammunition magazine.

Mount Magazine Sunset. - Highest point in Arkansas

Mount Magazine Sunset. Photo by: Dan Thibodeaux Flickr

> Highest peak: Magazine Mountain
> Elevation: 2,753 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.2° N, 93.6° W

40. Cheaha Mountain, Alabama 

Cheaha Mountain is the highest mountain in Alabama at 735 meters (2,413 feet) above sea level.  The name “Cheaha” comes from the Muskogee word “chaha,” which translates to “high place.”

Highest Point in Alabama, U.S.A Cheaha Mountain

Cheaha Mountain. Alabama Photo by Wiki commons. (Highest points U.S.A)

Highest peak: Cheaha Mountain
Elevation: 2,413 ft.
Coordinates: 33.5° N, 85.8° W

41. Mount Frissell, Connecticut

This is an interesting one for you Geography nerds out there, although part of Mount Frissell is the highest point in Connecticut, the peak is actually in Massachusetts. Part of the Taconic Range, this makes Connecticut the only state whose highest point isn’t a true peak!

Mount Frissell, Connecticut. Photo by: Jimmy Emerson Flickr

> Highest peak: Mt. Frissell
> Elevation: 2,380 ft.
> Coordinates: 42.0° N, 73.5° W

42. Eagle Mountain, Minnesota 

Eagle Mountain at 2,302 ft above sea level, is the highest natural point in Minnesota. Located in northern Cook County, between the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior National Forest in the Misquah Hills, northwest of Grand Marais. It is a Minnesota State Historic Site. As a side note, don’t get this eagle mountain confused with the other one in  Lutsen, Minnesota that is much shorter. Compare this to the lowest point in Minnesota Lake Superior at just 602 feet above sea level…not that’s trivia for you.

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota 

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota  Photo By: Wikipedia Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Eagle Mountain
> Elevation: 2,302 ft (701m)
> Coordinates: 47.9° N, 90.6° W

43. Mount Arvon, Michigan 

Mount Arvon has only recently won the title and been recognised as the highest place in Michigan. For many years, Mount Curwood was believed to be Michigan’s highest point! However, a 1982 survey revealed that Arvon edged out Curwood by just under 1 foot.

Mount Arvon, Michigan. Highest point in Michigan, U.S.A

Mount Arvon, Michigan Photo By Roman Khaler. Wikipedia Commons

> Highest peak: Mount Arvon
> Elevation: 1,979 ft.
> Coordinates: 46.8° N, 88.2° W

44. Timms Hill, Wisconsin 

A prised destination for the fisherman of the U.S, Timms Hill is located between Timms Lake and Bass Lake. During the winter months, the hill is still accessible by snowmobile and offers a place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Timms Hill, Wisconsin 

Timms Hill, Wisconsin Photo by Sky Mathaler, Wikipedia Commons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Timms Hill
> Elevation: 1,951 ft.
> Coordinates: 45.5° N, 90.2° W

45. High Point, New Jersey 

As New Jersey’s highest point, the creatively named “HIGH POINT” is just above the rest of the Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey. To make things a little higher a War Memorial Monument was forged on top of the High point in the 1930’s. The Moument is  a narrow tapering or Obelisk.

High point moument New Jersey

The High Point Monument marks the highest point of New Jersey above sea level. Photo by Reddit. (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: High Point
> Elevation: 1,803 ft.
> Coordinates: 41.3° N, 74.7° W

46. Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouri 

Taum Sauk Mountain in the Saint Francois Mountains is the highest natural & most likely the oldest natural point in Missouri. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park crosses paths with the Ozark Trail. A great attraction here is the Mina Sauk Falls, which is the largest waterfall in Missouri as well. The topography of Taum Sauk Mountain is that of an elongated ridge with a NNW-SSE orientation rather than a peak.

Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouris highest point!

Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouris highest point! (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Taum Sauk Mountain
> Elevation: 1,772 ft.
> Coordinates: 37.6° N, 90.7° W

47. Hawkeye Point, Iowa 

At 1670 feet above sea level, Hawkeye Point is a popular walking, hiking and climbing route. Elevating only slightly above the surrounding farmland in Osceola, Iowa. The point sits on private land, but the owners have created a special marker, allowing it to be accessible to the public.

Hawkeye Point, Iowa -Highest Point

The highest point in Iowa, at 1670 feet above sea level is located just east of Iowa Hwy 60 in northern Osceola County. This was the 17th high point that I have “ascended”. Photo by: Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Located 4.5 miles north of Sibley on the eastern side of SR 60 and approximately 3.5 miles south of the Iowa-Minnesota state border. The high ground lies 100 feet due south of an old silo.

> Highest peak: Hawkeye Point
> Elevation: 1,670 ft.
> Coordinates: 43.5° N, 95.7° W

48. Campbell Hill,  Ohio 

Part of the Logan Hills, Campbell Hill Ohio is the highest point of a gentle slope near some farmland. As previous home to an Air force base, a vocational school now is in it’s place.  Campbell Hill is located within the city of Bellefontaine, 2 miles northeast of downtown.

Highest Point in Ohio, Cambell High

Ohio Cambell Hill, Highest point in Ohio, U.S.A Photo by Wikicommons (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Campbell Hill
> Elevation: 1,550 ft.
> Coordinates: 40.4° N, 83.7° W


49. Hoosier Hill,  Indiana 

Indiana’s highest point, is Hoosier Hill, a fairly vanilla area in the woods of Wayne County. The hill’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the last place Adventurer Arthur H. Marshall, visited in his quest to visit the highest point in the lower 48 states. Marshall is believed to be the first person to visit all 48 sites, making him the first known.

Hoosier Hill,  Indiana 

Hoosier Hill,  Highest Point in Indiana

> Highest peak: Hoosier Hill
> Elevation: 1,257 ft.
> Coordinates: 40.0° N, 84.9° W

50. Charles Mound, Illinois

Charles Mound is a gentle hill at just 1,235-foot high, situated in northern Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States, near the small town of Scales Mound, and 11 miles northeast of Galena. It is the highest natural point in the of Illinois. 

Charles Mound, Highest Point in Illinois

Charles Mound, Highest Point in Illinois. Photo by (Highest points U.S.A)

A unique feature about Charles Mound is that it actually sits on private property. However, the owners have reportedly welcomed people who hope to stand on Illinois’ highest point! 

> Highest peak: Charles Mound
> Elevation: 1,235 ft.
> Coordinates: 42.5° N, 90.2° W

51. Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island 

Despite such a low, relaxed elevation, Jerimoth Hill used to be one of the most difficult state high points to reach! It wasn’t the hike which was challenging, it was the owner of the private land where Jerimoth Hill sat who was the issue. Reports of him being very unfriendly, however luckily he sold the land and the new owner has opened it up to hikers.

Jerimoth Hill - Highest point in Rhode island, U.S.A

Jerimoth Hill Photo By Jimmy Emerson Flickr

> Highest peak: Jerimoth Hill
> Elevation: 811 ft.
> Coordinates: 41.9° N, 71.8° W

52. Woodall Mountain, Mississippi 

Part of the south west Appalachian Mountains, Woodhall Mountain was a tactical advantage for many Union soldiers during the civil war. The formally called Yow Hill proved useful in the Battle of Iuka, as the perfect spot to rain down artillery on Confederate soldiers to drive them out of town.

Woodall Mountain Monument Highest Point in Mississippi

Woodall Mountain Monument, Highest Point in Mississippi
Woodall Mountain, located just SW of Iuka, MS is the highest point in the Magnolia State. The boulder and plaque were placed in November 2010 by the Highpointers Club as they held their annual convention at Woodall Mountain. There isn’t much view atop the 3rd lowest, highpoint in the country. Photo by Jimmy Emerson Flickr.

These days things are alot more peaceful, located just off Mississippi Highway 25, south of Iuka in Tishomingo County in the northeast part of the state. 

> Highest peak: Woodall Mountain
> Elevation: 807 ft above sea level.
> Coordinates: 34.8° N, 88.2° W

53. Driskill Mountain, Louisiana

Louisiana lies partially below sea level and its highest point doesn’t rise too much higher! Driskill Mountain, located in the northern part of the state, and is just 535 feet above sea level.

Driskill Mountain, Louisiana - Highest point in Louisiana

Driskill Mountain, Louisiana Photo by: (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Driskill Mountain
> Elevation: 535 ft.
> Coordinates: 32.4° N, 92.9° W

54. Ebright Azimuth, Delaware 

Delaware has no mountains, peaks or great hills! Therefore its highest point, the Ebright Azimuth, is marked only by a sign on a road in Centerville near the Pennsylvania border.

Ebright Azimuth, Highest Point in Delaware, U.S.A

Ebright Azimuth, Delaware Photo by: John Jacobsen Flickr 

> Highest peak: Ebright Road
> Elevation: 448 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.8° N, 75.5° W

55. Point Reno, Washington D.C/District of Columbia

Located in District of Columbia, Washington D.C at  409 feet above sea level. At Fort Reno, in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was the location of the only Civil War battle to take place in the District of Columbia, at the Battle of Fort Stevens.

Point Reno. Highest Peak in Washington D.C, U.S.A

Point Reno. Photo by: (Highest points U.S.A)

In Contrast the lowest point in Washington D.C is sea level, which occurs along all of the Anacostia shore and all of the Potomac shore except the uppermost mile (the Little Falls-Chain Bridge area).

56. Britton Hill, Florida

At just 345 feet, Britton Hill, Florida is the lowest high point of any state. Florida’s tourism website states the surrounding park is a great place for a family picnic and best of all “your grandmother can get to the top without breaking a sweat.”…fun for the whole family!

Lakewood Park, Highest Peak in Florida, U.S.A

Lakewood Park, Highest Peak in Florida, U.S.A (Highest points U.S.A)

> Highest peak: Britton Hill
> Elevation: 345 ft.
> Coordinates: 31.0° N, 86.3° W

The observant among you will notice there are 56 high points in the U.S, with only 50 states. This is because we thought Colorado deserved a few mentions for Highest City, Highest Point, Highest Airfield and even highest tunnel!

If you would like to read more about great mountains check out this article. 

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