The Highest Elevation Point in Each State

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Written by Joyce Nash

Published: November 9, 2023

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The United States is a vast country with landscapes that range from deserts to old-growth forests, and this variety is reflected in each state’s tallest summit. Some are easily accessible by car, while others are at the end of long and challenging hikes. Click the slideshow to discover the highest point in each of the 50 U.S. states.

1. Alabama

Sunrise at Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama, USA

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Located in the state’s northeastern corner, Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in Alabama, with 2,405 feet of elevation. You can find the mountain within Cheaha State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The summit features Bunker Tower, built in the 1930s, and is an observation tower that is open for hikers looking to take in the views.

2. Alaska

Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) - Alaska - USA

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Formerly known as Mount McKinley, Denali is Alaska’s highest point. It reaches a staggering height of 20,310 feet above sea level. The mountain is blanketed in snow from late September through early May. Nearly 400,000 people visit Denali National Park each year, but few people successfully make it to the summit. Climbing Denali requires hikers to navigate steep inclines and severe weather conditions, including temperatures that plunge as low as -76 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Arizona

Humphreys Peak Arizona

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Located about 20 miles north of Flagstaff, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. Humphreys Peak is located among the San Francisco Peaks, which were created by volcanic eruptions more than 500,000 years ago. 

4. Arkansas

Beautiful Scenic Overlook at Mount Magazine with Bright Red Sumac in Foreground and Blue Peaks and Clouds in Background over Petit Jean Valley

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The highest point in Arkansas is Mount Magazine, which stands at 2,753 feet of elevation. Mount Magazine is part of the Ouachita Mountains range, which runs from the east to the west. 

5. California

Mount Whitney, Mt. Whitney

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The highest point in California is also the highest point in the contiguous U.S. States. Mount Whitney, situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, reaches an elevation of 14,505 feet. Mount Whitney is notable for being a relatively young mountain, and the scars from the glaciers that carved the mountain’s peak are still visible today. 

6. Colorado

Mount Elbert, Colorado in June

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With 58 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation, Colorado has the highest average elevation in the United States. The tallest of its peaks is Mount Elbert, which is also the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.

7. Connecticut

Bear Mountain, is a prominent peak of the southern Taconic Mountains. It lies within the town of Salisbury, Connecticut, in the United States.

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Located in the northwestern corner of the state within the Appalachian Mountain Range, Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut at 2,323 feet in elevation. The highest point in Connecticut is actually located on the side of nearby Mount Frissell, but that mountain’s peak is located in Massachusetts.

8. Delaware

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This state has an average elevation of 60 feet with a landscape of mostly rolling hills and coastal plains. However, the northern part of Delaware is much hillier, and that’s where Ebright Azimuth, the highest point in the state, is located. 

9. Florida

Britton Hill Florida

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The highest point in Florida sits at a modest 345 feet above sea level. Despite its small stature, Britton Hill is a popular destination for tourists and hikers. Located in the Florida panhandle, Britton Hill is situated within the community of Lakewood.

10. Georgia

Brasstown Bald, Georgia 2 - Highest Point in Georgia

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The highest point in Georgia is located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Brasstown Bald sits at 4,784 feet above sea level. Its name refers to the clear mountaintop meadow that provides beautiful views of Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

11. Hawaii

The Summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii - The Coldest Place in Hawaii

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Hawaii is an island chain in the Pacific Ocean formed by volcanic activity. Hawaii’s highest point, Mauna Kea, is located on the Big Island and is 13,796 feet above sea level.

12. Idaho

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The highest point in Idaho is located within the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Borah Peak has an elevation of 12,668 feet and is among the Lost River Range, which is part of the larger Rocky Mountains. The hike to the summit is challenging, with many rock formations to scramble over. Many hikers choose to turn around at the aptly named Chickenout Ridge.

13. Illinois

Looking eastward at Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois from Elizabeth Scales Mound Road.

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Reaching a height of 1,235 feet, Charles Mound is the highest point in Illinois. It is located in the northwestern corner of the state near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Charles Mound was named after Charles Wuebbels, one of the region’s early settlers whose descendants still own the land today.

14. Indiana

Hoosier Hill

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In Indiana, Hoosier Hill is the highest point, with an elevation of 1,257 feet. Although it is the place with the highest elevation, it is a relatively flat stretch of land, marked by an engraved boulder noting the elevation and coordinates. 

15. Iowa

Hawkeye Point in Iowa

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The highest point in Iowa used to be a local secret, covered by rows of corn. These days, Hawkeye Point — with an elevation of 1,670 feet — welcomes visitors. 

16. Kansas

Summit of Mount Sunflower, Kansas

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Instead of a dramatic mountain, the highest point in Kansas is at the climax of a long incline. Mount Sunflower sits at 4,039 feet above sea level, but it is relatively unassuming in the high plains of Kansas. Mount Sunflower is marked by a sculpture of a sunflower crafted from railroad spikes. The site includes a picnic area, a free little library, and a registration book.

17. Kentucky

Black Mountain, Kentucky

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Located in Harlan County, an area rich with coal deposits, Black Mountain is Kentucky’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,145 feet. The area has multiple hiking trails, a nearby campground, and a recreation area with ziplining and offroading. 

18. Louisiana

The trail leading to Driskill Mountain in Louisiana.

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Known for its low elevation and areas that sit below sea level, Louisiana’s highest spot rises to a mere 535 feet. Driskill Mountain is located in north-central Louisiana, and visitors can hike to the summit using the well-marked trail.

19. Maine

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Mount Katahdin is the highest point in Maine, and it is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. With an elevation of 5,268 feet, reaching the summit is a challenge for even experienced hikers. Situated within Baxter State Park, the area around Mount Katahdin has hundreds of trails and nearly a dozen established campgrounds.

20. Maryland

Hoye Crest

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Located on Backbone Mountain near the Maryland-West Virginia state border, Hoye Crest is Maryland’s highest point, with an elevation of 3,360 feet. Hoye Crest is privately owned, but visitors can reach the summit by taking the Maryland High Point Trail. The hike is just over a mile, and at the top, visitors will find a picnic area, a stone cairn, an obelisk, and a plaque. 

21. Massachusetts

Mount Greylock

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Sitting at 3,491 feet of elevation, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Visitors can either drive directly to the summit or take a moderately strenuous hike to the top. 

22. Michigan

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Situated among the Huron Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Michigan’s highest point is Mount Arvon, with 1,979 feet of elevation. Mount Arvon is on private property, but visitors are able to access the summit. This mountain is the highest naturally occurring peak in the state, but a man-made pile at Tilden Mine technically has a higher elevation.

23. Minnesota

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota

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Sitting at 2,301 feet above sea level, Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota. The mountain is located within the Superior National Forest in the northeastern corner of the state. 

24. Mississippi

Woodall Mountain Mississippi

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Standing at 806 feet above sea level, Woodall Mountain is a large outcrop of sandstone and iron that marks Mississippi’s highest point. The mountain played an important role in the Civil War as the site of the Battle of Iuka. 

25. Missouri

top of Taum Sauk Mountain

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Taum Sauk Mountain stands at 1,772 feet of elevation, making it Missouri’s highest point. The mountain is part of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, which encompasses almost 8,000 acres of forest.

26. Montana

Granite Peak Montana

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Located in the south-central region of the state within the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Granite Peak is Montana’s highest point at 12,799 feet of elevation. Although it is possible to hike to the summit, it is a highly strenuous trail that makes steep elevation gains through dense forests and snow-packed tundra. 

27. Nebraska

Panorama Point

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Located near the tri-state border of Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, Panorama Point reaches an elevation of 5,424 feet above sea level. While this high point is not a mountain, it offers unparalleled views of the state’s vast open plains. Panorama Point is located on private property, but the public can access the site, which is designated by a stone marker. 

28. Nevada

Boundary Peak

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Although it is known as Boundary Peak, Nevada’s highest point is actually a ridge of Montgomery Peak, which is located across the state line in California. Boundary Peak has an elevation of 13,147 feet, and its name reflects its proximity to the state border, less than a mile away. The hike to the summit of Boundary Peak is highly strenuous due to steep elevation gains, rock scrambling, and desert conditions. 

29. New Hampshire

North Conway New Hampshire

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Standing at 6,288 feet above sea level, Mount Washington is the highest point in New Hampshire and the entire Northeast region. The Mount Washington Cog Railway has been carrying visitors to the summit since 1869.

30. New Jersey

High Point State Park in New Jersey

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Located in the northwestern corner of the state, High Point is New Jersey’s highest point, with 1,803 feet of elevation. Additionally, it features a 220-foot stone monument that was erected to honor the state’s veterans. Visitors can reach the summit by either driving directly to the upper parking lot or by taking one of the several trails that lead to the top.

31. New Mexico

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Previously known as Taos Peak, Wheeler Peak is the highest point in New Mexico, with an elevation of 13,161 feet. It is located in Carson National Forest and is part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. The hike to the summit of Wheeler Peek is a strenuous 4-mile trek that gains almost 3,000 feet in elevation. 

32. New York

Mount Marcy

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Located in northeastern New York, Mount Marcy is the state’s highest point at 5,344 feet tall. Additionally, it is the highest point of the Adirondack Mountains. About 1,000 feet below the summit is Lake Tear of the Clouds, which is a source for the Hudson River.

33. North Carolina

Mount Mitchell North Carolina

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Located in the Appalachian Mountains with an elevation of 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is North Carolina’s highest point. It is also the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Visitors can reach the summit of Mount Mitchell by taking a quarter-mile trail from the parking lot to an observation deck, while the Old Mitchell Trail offers a more challenging hike from the state park office two miles downslope.

34. North Dakota

White Butte, North Dakota

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Located in the southwestern corner of North Dakota, White Butte reaches an elevation of 3,506 feet, making it the state’s highest point. White Butte is part of the North Dakota badlands, known for its distinctive rocky formations, including buttes, cones, and pyramids.

35. Ohio

Highest Point in Ohio

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While the Appalachian Mountains run through Ohio’s southern region, the state’s highest point is located to the north in the city of Bellefontaine. Campbell Hill reaches an elevation of 1,549 feet and is considered one of the best-maintained state high points. Campbell Hill is located within the campus of a community college, and the summit is marked by a paved area, benches, a flag pole, and a large plaque.  

36. Oklahoma

Black Mesa in the Oklahoma

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Situated in Oklahoma’s panhandle region, Black Mesa is the state’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,973 feet. Black Mesa is named for the black volcanic rock from which it was formed. 

37. Oregon

Mount Hood reflecting in Trillium Lake at sunset, in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.

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With its most recent eruption in 1907, Oregon’s highest point is a stratovolcano, Mount Hood. This peak has an elevation of 11,239 feet and is a popular destination for mountain climbers.

38. Pennsylvania

Mount Davis

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Located in Forbes State Forest, Mount Davis is Pennsylvania’s highest point, with an elevation of 3,213 feet. Mount Davis features an observation tower at its summit that provides views of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Additionally, there are multiple opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding in the area.

39. Rhode Island

Jerimoth Hill

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The highest point in Rhode Island is Jerimoth Hill, which sits at a height of 811 feet. Jerimoth Hill is located on land that is owned by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Accordingly, visitors can access the summit by taking a well-marked, quarter-mile trail.

40. South Carolina

Sassafras Mountain

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While part of Sassafrass Mountain sits in North Carolina, its peak is in South Carolina, the highest point in the state with an elevation of 3,553 feet. This area is part of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. 

41. South Dakota

Black Elk Peak South Dakota

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Located in the Black Hills National Forest, Black Elk Peak is South Dakota’s highest point, with an elevation of 7,242 feet. At the summit, the historic Harney Fire Lookout provides outstanding views. There are several trails that lead to the top of Black Elk Peak, and most of them are moderately difficult, with steep switchbacks and some significant gains in elevation.

42. Tennessee

Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, Gatlinburg

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Situated near the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Clingmans Dome reaches a height of 6,643 feet, making it Tennesee’s highest point. Clingmans Dome is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the country’s most-visited national park. The road to Clingmans Dome ends a half mile from the summit, and a steep, gravel walking path leads the rest of the way to the top.

43. Texas

Morning Clouds on El Capitan and Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

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Located in the high desert of western Texas, Guadalupe Peak sits at 8,751 feet of elevation, making it the state’s highest point. The hike to the summit of Guadalupe Peak is a strenuous 8.4-mile roundtrip.

44. Utah

Kings Peak Utah

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In the High Uintas of Utah, Kings Peak is the state’s highest point, with a height of 13,528 feet. Kings Peak is an “ultra prominence” since its peak rises 6,348 feet from the valley floor where the base of the mountain stands. Reaching the summit of Kings Peak requires a roundtrip hike of at least 30 miles through the Ashley National Forest. 

45. Vermont

Mount Mansfield

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Located in northern Vermont, Mount Mansfield is the state’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,393 feet. Its summit ridge contains some of the state’s last remaining alpine tundras. 

46. Virginia

Mount Rogers Virginia

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The highest point in Virginia is Mount Rogers, located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. With an elevation of 5,729 feet, the area around Mount Rogers is known as the “rooftop of Virginia.” The trip to the summit includes a nine-mile out-and-back hike, which overlaps with a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

47. Washington

Wild flowers in the grass on a background of mountains.

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Situated in the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier is Washington’s highest point, with an elevation of 14,410 feet. The mountain is a dormant volcano with three separate peaks: Liberty Cap, Point Success, and Columbia Crest.

48. West Virginia

Sunset from Spruce Knob

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Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is the only state that is situated entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. The state’s highest point is Spruce Knob, which has an elevation of 4,863 feet. The summit of Spruce Knob is easily accessible via the quarter-mile Whispering Spruce Trail. 

49. Wisconsin

Timm's Hill, Wisconsin

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With a height of 1,951 feet, Timm’s Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin. Timm’s Hill is located in the north-central region of the state within Timm’s Hill County Park. An easy quarter-mile trail leads to the summit, which features an observation tower for the best possible views. 

50. Wyoming

Gannett Peak

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Wyoming is home to five peaks that exceed 13,000 feet, but its highest point is Gannett Peak, which reaches 13,804 feet of elevation. This mountain is part of the Rocky Mountains and the Wind River Range.

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1. Alabama

Sunrise at Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama, USA

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Located in the state’s northeastern corner, Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in Alabama, with 2,405 feet of elevation. You can find the mountain within Cheaha State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The summit features Bunker Tower, built in the 1930s, and is an observation tower that is open for hikers looking to take in the views.

2. Alaska

Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) - Alaska - USA

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Formerly known as Mount McKinley, Denali is Alaska’s highest point. It reaches a staggering height of 20,310 feet above sea level. The mountain is blanketed in snow from late September through early May. Nearly 400,000 people visit Denali National Park each year, but few people successfully make it to the summit. Climbing Denali requires hikers to navigate steep inclines and severe weather conditions, including temperatures that plunge as low as -76 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Arizona

Humphreys Peak Arizona

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Located about 20 miles north of Flagstaff, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. Humphreys Peak is located among the San Francisco Peaks, which were created by volcanic eruptions more than 500,000 years ago. 

4. Arkansas

Beautiful Scenic Overlook at Mount Magazine with Bright Red Sumac in Foreground and Blue Peaks and Clouds in Background over Petit Jean Valley

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The highest point in Arkansas is Mount Magazine, which stands at 2,753 feet of elevation. Mount Magazine is part of the Ouachita Mountains range, which runs from the east to the west. 

5. California

Mount Whitney, Mt. Whitney

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The highest point in California is also the highest point in the contiguous U.S. States. Mount Whitney, situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, reaches an elevation of 14,505 feet. Mount Whitney is notable for being a relatively young mountain, and the scars from the glaciers that carved the mountain’s peak are still visible today. 

6. Colorado

Mount Elbert, Colorado in June

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With 58 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation, Colorado has the highest average elevation in the United States. The tallest of its peaks is Mount Elbert, which is also the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.

7. Connecticut

Bear Mountain, is a prominent peak of the southern Taconic Mountains. It lies within the town of Salisbury, Connecticut, in the United States.

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Located in the northwestern corner of the state within the Appalachian Mountain Range, Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut at 2,323 feet in elevation. The highest point in Connecticut is actually located on the side of nearby Mount Frissell, but that mountain’s peak is located in Massachusetts.

8. Delaware

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This state has an average elevation of 60 feet with a landscape of mostly rolling hills and coastal plains. However, the northern part of Delaware is much hillier, and that’s where Ebright Azimuth, the highest point in the state, is located. 

9. Florida

Britton Hill Florida

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The highest point in Florida sits at a modest 345 feet above sea level. Despite its small stature, Britton Hill is a popular destination for tourists and hikers. Located in the Florida panhandle, Britton Hill is situated within the community of Lakewood.

10. Georgia

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The highest point in Georgia is located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Brasstown Bald sits at 4,784 feet above sea level. Its name refers to the clear mountaintop meadow that provides beautiful views of Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

11. Hawaii

The Summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii - The Coldest Place in Hawaii

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Hawaii is an island chain in the Pacific Ocean formed by volcanic activity. Hawaii’s highest point, Mauna Kea, is located on the Big Island and is 13,796 feet above sea level.

12. Idaho

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The highest point in Idaho is located within the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Borah Peak has an elevation of 12,668 feet and is among the Lost River Range, which is part of the larger Rocky Mountains. The hike to the summit is challenging, with many rock formations to scramble over. Many hikers choose to turn around at the aptly named Chickenout Ridge.

13. Illinois

Looking eastward at Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois from Elizabeth Scales Mound Road.

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Reaching a height of 1,235 feet, Charles Mound is the highest point in Illinois. It is located in the northwestern corner of the state near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Charles Mound was named after Charles Wuebbels, one of the region’s early settlers whose descendants still own the land today.

14. Indiana

Hoosier Hill

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In Indiana, Hoosier Hill is the highest point, with an elevation of 1,257 feet. Although it is the place with the highest elevation, it is a relatively flat stretch of land, marked by an engraved boulder noting the elevation and coordinates. 

15. Iowa

Hawkeye Point in Iowa

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The highest point in Iowa used to be a local secret, covered by rows of corn. These days, Hawkeye Point — with an elevation of 1,670 feet — welcomes visitors. 

16. Kansas

Summit of Mount Sunflower, Kansas

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Instead of a dramatic mountain, the highest point in Kansas is at the climax of a long incline. Mount Sunflower sits at 4,039 feet above sea level, but it is relatively unassuming in the high plains of Kansas. Mount Sunflower is marked by a sculpture of a sunflower crafted from railroad spikes. The site includes a picnic area, a free little library, and a registration book.

17. Kentucky

Black Mountain, Kentucky

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Located in Harlan County, an area rich with coal deposits, Black Mountain is Kentucky’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,145 feet. The area has multiple hiking trails, a nearby campground, and a recreation area with ziplining and offroading. 

18. Louisiana

The trail leading to Driskill Mountain in Louisiana.

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Known for its low elevation and areas that sit below sea level, Louisiana’s highest spot rises to a mere 535 feet. Driskill Mountain is located in north-central Louisiana, and visitors can hike to the summit using the well-marked trail.

19. Maine

Mt Katahdin Baxter State Park Millinocket Maine end of Appalachian Trail at 5AM Togue Pond Camp Natarswi

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Mount Katahdin is the highest point in Maine, and it is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. With an elevation of 5,268 feet, reaching the summit is a challenge for even experienced hikers. Situated within Baxter State Park, the area around Mount Katahdin has hundreds of trails and nearly a dozen established campgrounds.

20. Maryland

Hoye Crest

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Located on Backbone Mountain near the Maryland-West Virginia state border, Hoye Crest is Maryland’s highest point, with an elevation of 3,360 feet. Hoye Crest is privately owned, but visitors can reach the summit by taking the Maryland High Point Trail. The hike is just over a mile, and at the top, visitors will find a picnic area, a stone cairn, an obelisk, and a plaque. 

21. Massachusetts

Mount Greylock

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Sitting at 3,491 feet of elevation, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Visitors can either drive directly to the summit or take a moderately strenuous hike to the top. 

22. Michigan

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Situated among the Huron Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Michigan’s highest point is Mount Arvon, with 1,979 feet of elevation. Mount Arvon is on private property, but visitors are able to access the summit. This mountain is the highest naturally occurring peak in the state, but a man-made pile at Tilden Mine technically has a higher elevation.

23. Minnesota

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota

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Sitting at 2,301 feet above sea level, Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota. The mountain is located within the Superior National Forest in the northeastern corner of the state. 

24. Mississippi

Woodall Mountain Mississippi

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Standing at 806 feet above sea level, Woodall Mountain is a large outcrop of sandstone and iron that marks Mississippi’s highest point. The mountain played an important role in the Civil War as the site of the Battle of Iuka. 

25. Missouri

top of Taum Sauk Mountain

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Taum Sauk Mountain stands at 1,772 feet of elevation, making it Missouri’s highest point. The mountain is part of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, which encompasses almost 8,000 acres of forest.

26. Montana

Granite Peak Montana

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Located in the south-central region of the state within the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Granite Peak is Montana’s highest point at 12,799 feet of elevation. Although it is possible to hike to the summit, it is a highly strenuous trail that makes steep elevation gains through dense forests and snow-packed tundra. 

27. Nebraska

Panorama Point

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Located near the tri-state border of Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, Panorama Point reaches an elevation of 5,424 feet above sea level. While this high point is not a mountain, it offers unparalleled views of the state’s vast open plains. Panorama Point is located on private property, but the public can access the site, which is designated by a stone marker. 

28. Nevada

Boundary Peak

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Although it is known as Boundary Peak, Nevada’s highest point is actually a ridge of Montgomery Peak, which is located across the state line in California. Boundary Peak has an elevation of 13,147 feet, and its name reflects its proximity to the state border, less than a mile away. The hike to the summit of Boundary Peak is highly strenuous due to steep elevation gains, rock scrambling, and desert conditions. 

29. New Hampshire

North Conway New Hampshire

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Standing at 6,288 feet above sea level, Mount Washington is the highest point in New Hampshire and the entire Northeast region. The Mount Washington Cog Railway has been carrying visitors to the summit since 1869.

30. New Jersey

High Point State Park in New Jersey

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Located in the northwestern corner of the state, High Point is New Jersey’s highest point, with 1,803 feet of elevation. Additionally, it features a 220-foot stone monument that was erected to honor the state’s veterans. Visitors can reach the summit by either driving directly to the upper parking lot or by taking one of the several trails that lead to the top.

31. New Mexico

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Previously known as Taos Peak, Wheeler Peak is the highest point in New Mexico, with an elevation of 13,161 feet. It is located in Carson National Forest and is part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. The hike to the summit of Wheeler Peek is a strenuous 4-mile trek that gains almost 3,000 feet in elevation. 

32. New York

Mount Marcy

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Located in northeastern New York, Mount Marcy is the state’s highest point at 5,344 feet tall. Additionally, it is the highest point of the Adirondack Mountains. About 1,000 feet below the summit is Lake Tear of the Clouds, which is a source for the Hudson River.

33. North Carolina

Mount Mitchell North Carolina

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Located in the Appalachian Mountains with an elevation of 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is North Carolina’s highest point. It is also the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Visitors can reach the summit of Mount Mitchell by taking a quarter-mile trail from the parking lot to an observation deck, while the Old Mitchell Trail offers a more challenging hike from the state park office two miles downslope.

34. North Dakota

White Butte, North Dakota

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Located in the southwestern corner of North Dakota, White Butte reaches an elevation of 3,506 feet, making it the state’s highest point. White Butte is part of the North Dakota badlands, known for its distinctive rocky formations, including buttes, cones, and pyramids.

35. Ohio

Highest Point in Ohio

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While the Appalachian Mountains run through Ohio’s southern region, the state’s highest point is located to the north in the city of Bellefontaine. Campbell Hill reaches an elevation of 1,549 feet and is considered one of the best-maintained state high points. Campbell Hill is located within the campus of a community college, and the summit is marked by a paved area, benches, a flag pole, and a large plaque.  

36. Oklahoma

Black Mesa in the Oklahoma

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Situated in Oklahoma’s panhandle region, Black Mesa is the state’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,973 feet. Black Mesa is named for the black volcanic rock from which it was formed. 

37. Oregon

Mount Hood reflecting in Trillium Lake at sunset, in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.

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With its most recent eruption in 1907, Oregon’s highest point is a stratovolcano, Mount Hood. This peak has an elevation of 11,239 feet and is a popular destination for mountain climbers.

38. Pennsylvania

Mount Davis

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Located in Forbes State Forest, Mount Davis is Pennsylvania’s highest point, with an elevation of 3,213 feet. Mount Davis features an observation tower at its summit that provides views of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Additionally, there are multiple opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding in the area.

39. Rhode Island

Jerimoth Hill

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The highest point in Rhode Island is Jerimoth Hill, which sits at a height of 811 feet. Jerimoth Hill is located on land that is owned by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Accordingly, visitors can access the summit by taking a well-marked, quarter-mile trail.

40. South Carolina

Sassafras Mountain

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While part of Sassafrass Mountain sits in North Carolina, its peak is in South Carolina, the highest point in the state with an elevation of 3,553 feet. This area is part of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. 

41. South Dakota

Black Elk Peak South Dakota

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Located in the Black Hills National Forest, Black Elk Peak is South Dakota’s highest point, with an elevation of 7,242 feet. At the summit, the historic Harney Fire Lookout provides outstanding views. There are several trails that lead to the top of Black Elk Peak, and most of them are moderately difficult, with steep switchbacks and some significant gains in elevation.

42. Tennessee

Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, Gatlinburg

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Situated near the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Clingmans Dome reaches a height of 6,643 feet, making it Tennesee’s highest point. Clingmans Dome is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the country’s most-visited national park. The road to Clingmans Dome ends a half mile from the summit, and a steep, gravel walking path leads the rest of the way to the top.

43. Texas

Morning Clouds on El Capitan and Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

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Located in the high desert of western Texas, Guadalupe Peak sits at 8,751 feet of elevation, making it the state’s highest point. The hike to the summit of Guadalupe Peak is a strenuous 8.4-mile roundtrip.

44. Utah

Kings Peak Utah

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In the High Uintas of Utah, Kings Peak is the state’s highest point, with a height of 13,528 feet. Kings Peak is an “ultra prominence” since its peak rises 6,348 feet from the valley floor where the base of the mountain stands. Reaching the summit of Kings Peak requires a roundtrip hike of at least 30 miles through the Ashley National Forest. 

45. Vermont

Mount Mansfield

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Located in northern Vermont, Mount Mansfield is the state’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,393 feet. Its summit ridge contains some of the state’s last remaining alpine tundras. 

46. Virginia

Mount Rogers Virginia

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The highest point in Virginia is Mount Rogers, located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. With an elevation of 5,729 feet, the area around Mount Rogers is known as the “rooftop of Virginia.” The trip to the summit includes a nine-mile out-and-back hike, which overlaps with a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

47. Washington

Wild flowers in the grass on a background of mountains.

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Situated in the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier is Washington’s highest point, with an elevation of 14,410 feet. The mountain is a dormant volcano with three separate peaks: Liberty Cap, Point Success, and Columbia Crest.

48. West Virginia

Sunset from Spruce Knob

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Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is the only state that is situated entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. The state’s highest point is Spruce Knob, which has an elevation of 4,863 feet. The summit of Spruce Knob is easily accessible via the quarter-mile Whispering Spruce Trail. 

49. Wisconsin

Timm's Hill, Wisconsin

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With a height of 1,951 feet, Timm’s Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin. Timm’s Hill is located in the north-central region of the state within Timm’s Hill County Park. An easy quarter-mile trail leads to the summit, which features an observation tower for the best possible views. 

50. Wyoming

Gannett Peak

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Wyoming is home to five peaks that exceed 13,000 feet, but its highest point is Gannett Peak, which reaches 13,804 feet of elevation. This mountain is part of the Rocky Mountains and the Wind River Range.


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Joyce Nash is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel and geography. She has almost a decade of writing experience. Her background ranges from journalism to farm animal rescues and spans the East Coast to the West. She is based in North Carolina, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

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