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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

Outdooraholic#21  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012


My 21st state highpoint!
Posted Aug 13, 2012 9:26 pm

IbswohaHP #4
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012


Decided to do this one on the way back home from a 50 miler backpacking trip to snag Mt. Roger's. The drive up is nice. Can't say the same about any other aspect of this highpoint. At least it's done.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 8:04 pm

mattdalmanHP #28  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012


This was the last highpoint of a 5 highpoint road trip. At least they have a plaque on the summit now so you can read about Black Mountain.
Posted May 30, 2012 10:23 pm

TrailtrekerNJShort Detour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012


While the car temperature gauge was registering 18 F and there was snow flurries I was able to drive up to and park at the FAA Long Range Facility point. From there I walked the short road to the high point. After taking pictures returned to car and continued the drive along VA/KY - 160.
Posted Jan 22, 2012 1:49 pm

McCannster# 20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011


Did this late at night as a drive-up. The access road was super foggy and the summit area strange and eerie.
Posted Nov 26, 2011 6:17 pm

markowensHP #22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2011


The road to the Highpoint is between the welcom to VA and welcome to Ky signs. You can see both signs from the road entance.
Posted Nov 20, 2011 9:36 am

RobynHP #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011


Drove down the night before and camped in Kingdom Come Park, drove to Black Mountain just in time for sunrise and it was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. Then drove on to Mt. Rogers, an incredible drive.
Posted Oct 16, 2011 1:12 pm

JowHP #15  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2011


Drove up in fog and rain pretty dangerous driving and summit kinda bummed me out but hell high point #15 and start of 6 highpoint week
Posted Sep 21, 2011 11:14 am

vbeckman74Wild Turkey  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2000


Get the waiver so you don't have to poach this one.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 5:33 pm

xpdaKentucky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 1996


Made it!
Posted Aug 10, 2011 4:50 pm

redmondDrive up in the fog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2011
Drove over from Mt. Rogers. Day started off hot and sunny, but a major thunderstorm hit right as I approached the drive up to Black Mt. Heard on the radio that lightening had struck Black Mountain so I waited a bit to let the worst of the storm pass then headed up. Dense fog covered the road and it was hard to see. At the top I rushed to get pictures and get out of there before more lightning struck. The music coming from the building startled me a bit when I first heard it. Definitely a unique and interesting highpoint, but not one I am rushing back to anytime soon.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 2:36 pm

phillinleyBumpy  Sucess!


Visited this thing twice now. The music playing in that building all the time makes the place kinda eery when you're there in the dark.
Posted May 21, 2011 12:28 am

AlpinistSouthern 6-pack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2011


Fifth of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 44th state HP. Nice Spring flowers in bloom and not another soul in sight.
Posted May 14, 2011 8:06 pm

islandborn11Twisty on Rt. 160  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2011


This outranks even South Carolina on the list of unappealing high points. Surrounded by trees with no visibility and a ton of ugly mining outbuildings. Met another highpointer for the first time. He and his son were nailing #25 this afternoon and I was notching off numero six.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 9:24 am

Steve GruhnHP #20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2001
Drive up. Spent the night in the car just below the summit.
Posted Jan 18, 2011 4:50 pm

NJTripperGlad this was just a day trip....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010


... this is the creepiest HP I've been to. Gort my 'pic' so I won't have ot go back.
Posted Dec 5, 2010 5:51 pm

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