Alleghany County Highpoint Trip Report

Catherine Knob on Peach Bottom Mtn (4,175 ft)

Date: August 31, 1996
Author: Fred Lobdell

General: While Catherine Knob on Peach Bottom Mountain is listed as the county high point, there is a second knob, about 0.4 mile east-northeast of Catherine Knob, that also has a summit area surrounded by a 4,160-foot contour. It was not possible to determine which was higher, so my recommendation is to climb both knobs.

Access: Go about 5 miles southeast of Sparta on NC 18. Turn right (northwest) on Cheek Mountain Road, a good-quality gravel road. Proceed generally west along this road. You will note that much of the land on the right (north) side is posted. After about 3 miles, there will be a dirt track heading north toward a knob on which sits a couple of communications towers. This point on Cheek Mountain Road is just before it begins a long descent to its intersection with Doughton Mountain Road. If you start descending, you've gone too far. There should be a large open shed a short distance up the slope. I don't know who owns the land but it is not posted.

The Hike: Follow one or another of the dirt tracks up the slope. If you want to go to the knob with the towers (elevation 4,120+ feet) bear left; otherwise go right and head directly for Catherine Knob (4,175 feet). From the knob with the towers you can get an overview of all three knobs on Peach Bottom Mountain. It is an easy descent of about 150 feet and climb from the southwestern knob to Catherine Knob. From there it is an even easier walk to the next knob to the northeast (4,160+ feet).

Return the way you came or descend directly to your vehicle.

This is a round trip hike of about 3 miles if all three knobs are climbed, with an elevation gain of a little less than 500 feet.