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wildfamHike In From The Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2015


Parked along route 160 near the state line (after checking condition of the "paved" road - fine for a pickup but not worth a try in a minivan). Quite glad we did walk the 1.5 miles in - really enjoyable; green, leafy, calm, butterflies everywhere. Unique summit: monument & plaque, USGS marker, cell phone towers, FAA radar station: - to me, charming in its way, all part of highpointing. HP#21.
Posted Jul 27, 2015 8:46 am

triviasteveawesome drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2014
A little late in posting this one, but this was #18. A great drive up through the Appalachians, and with release form in hand, drove to the summit. Nothing noteworthy of this one, but it's officially complete.
Posted May 9, 2015 9:42 pm

siekkidState HP# 6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


Great drive to the top...
Posted Jan 6, 2015 1:53 pm

captain.ronNice Road Trip  Sucess!


Not my favorite highpoint, but my most unforgettable!
Posted Jan 5, 2015 2:27 am

Adam Doc FoxSouthern Six Pack Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2014

Adam Doc Fox

Summit #6 of 6 (TN, GA, SC, NC, VA & KY) that we ended up completing with a total time of:
36 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.
Posted Jan 1, 2015 3:50 pm

Bajumbug2nd HP today  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


The USGS marker states 4139.217 feet. Wow-they are taking things seriously! Like may mountain tops, antenna companies have taken full advantage and this is a cell site. 6th High Point overall, 2nd one today. Lots of noise from mining nearby.
Posted Oct 19, 2014 11:57 pm

admiralcapnPuppy's first hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011


We had just picked up our new puppy in Tennessee and were on our way home. Catching a few extra counties in southern Kentucky, I figured we'd hit this highpoint before camping at Interstate Breaks SP. Chester enjoyed his little hike to the top.
Posted May 13, 2014 9:57 am

Stu BrandelFoggy Mountain State Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2014

Stu Brandel

In the fog.
Posted Apr 26, 2014 7:14 pm

Andrew Rankine5th hp in 4 days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2014

Andrew Rankine

Been doing the state highpoints in the area, decided to add this one because we are ahead of schedule. Forgot the form to sign but had Zumwalt's book with a waiver to photocopy in to. Just wrote my name and signed in the book instead of finding a kinko's. Thinking I might get grief, drove up half the road and walked 1 km to the summit. 20 minutes car to car. Nice day out.
Posted Apr 13, 2014 6:14 pm

punchlineHighpoint #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2014


Had the opportunity to burn a couple hours before flying home from Charleston, WV on a business trip. Started in Pikeville, KY where MapQuest said it was 1 1/2 hours. Definitely more than that - closer to 2 hours with the windy, icy roads. Imagine that the drive is beautiful any other season but sort of desolate now. Was able to get the rental car up the road past the FAA tower although it was pretty icy. About 1/4" snow on the plaque and the summit marker - a moment of panic set in when I couldn't find the marker on the boulder and had to sweep the entire boulder of snow! Note: It is on the right-hand side as you are looking at the boulder from the plaque.
Posted Feb 9, 2014 9:57 am

WoodswalkerBlack Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006


Another tick on my highpoint list.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 1:14 pm

pattyd82abHP #6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013
The drive up from VA was great. Very windy roads but lots to look at. The parking area over the coal mine provides a pretty scenic view. Not sure if we were supposed to, but we drove almost the whole way to the plaque. There were some people driving pretty recklessly on the radar road, so watch out. Other than that, not mush to look at, but a notch in the hiking stick.
Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:03 am

BadgerSummitSeekerState High Point # 22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2010


This was High point # 5 of 6 in a 3 day period. Not much of a view from the top but it was a very scenic drive on the way through Big Stone Gap and up to the HP.
Posted Jul 27, 2013 11:22 pm

THalky#7 - Nothing much  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2012


2nd to last on our first highpointing trip. Stopped on our way to Rodgers. All I can say is that I did it.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 1:35 pm

xbaghattwenty-seven  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009


Posted Jan 20, 2013 10:45 am

Jimmy RiversNothing to see here, really.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2012

Jimmy Rivers

State HP #7, Black was actually a depressing highpoint. The drive up passed by a couple of completely stipped and mined mountains. The summit had more ugly mining buildings and a beat up "lookout tower". You really just get in, and leave quickly....oh well!
Posted Jan 4, 2013 4:12 pm

marilouNot Exactly My Favorite
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012


We just drove up but watch out for the mine workers trucks' since the summit ridge drive is a single lane with tons of potholes. At least they put up a plaque summit marker now. We actually met the guys who put them there that day. Did Mt Rogers, VA HP the day before. HP #12
Posted Nov 29, 2012 11:23 pm

technicolorNHlinguistic study  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2012


When I got to the pass on Rt160 I saw a security guard stationed next to a nearby mining road. He said I could drive up seeing as it was two miles to the top. Look for the tires on your left and you can't miss it. I parked the car and hiked up. I saw no tires and after passing the FAA tower and the antenna cluster on the left I realized I had gone too far. If I can't miss it then it should stand out right? He did mention tires. Hm. Hard T with an S at the end. Could it be towers? It was. Nestled to the left of the cluster of antennas up a small side road. Peaceful hike in the moonlight.
Posted Nov 25, 2012 12:31 am

chadbwTenth HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2012


Drove up to the top. The drive was probably the prettiest part. Not that I have anything against radio antennae, but, well, you know.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 1:00 pm

huskertriguyNot as bad as advertised  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012


First of an assault on the "Southern 6-Pack."

Meant to get up there the day prior, but a series of events left me arriving in Cumberland in the dark. Stories of a creepy summit kept me at bay, so I stayed at the America's Best Value in Cumberland (this I cannot recommend).

The drive up was pleasant and beautiful - sure, the summit may not be much, but the area is gorgeous (minus the strip mine just over the border).

I got no feelings of creepy-ness on my visit. Stop through some of the area burgs and visit with the locals. They are fascinating, decent, hard-working people.

SHP #24
Posted Aug 21, 2012 8:05 pm

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