Cavanal Hill

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Cavanal Mountain
Cavanal Hill, OK.jpg
Cavanal Hill viewed from the southeast side
Highest point
Elevation 2,385 ft (727 m) [1]
Prominence 1,775 ft (541 m)
Coordinates 35°04′15″N 94°40′46″W / 35.070931°N 94.679393°W / 35.070931; -94.679393Coordinates: 35°04′15″N 94°40′46″W / 35.070931°N 94.679393°W / 35.070931; -94.679393[2]
Cavanal Mountain is located in Oklahoma
Cavanal Mountain
Cavanal Mountain
Le Flore County, Oklahoma, U.S.
Parent range Ouachita Mountains
Topo map USGS Cavanal Mountain

Cavanal Hill (officially Cavanal Mountain), located near Poteau, Oklahoma, is billed by a local chamber of commerce as the tallest hill in the world at 1,999 feet (609 m).[3] The actual summit elevation is 2,385 feet (727 m) above sea level;[2] the difference in elevation between the summit and the Poteau River 3 miles (5 km) to the north is 1,960 feet (600 m).[4]

The billing is based on the delineation between a hill and a mountain, that being if the geographical feature were 2,000 feet or higher than its base, then it would be classified as a mountain instead of a hill.[5]

The name is derived from a French word meaning "cave."[6]



  1. ^ "Cavanal Mountain". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Cavanal Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Cavanal Hill". Poteau Chamber of Commerce (Poteau, OK). Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Poteau West 7.5 minute quadrangle
  5. ^ However, the Geographic Names Information System lists hundreds of summits with "Hill" in their name which are higher than 2,000 feet.
  6. ^ [1] Website. Retrieved September 19, 2012.

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