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Holsti97Meeting of the Badgers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2010


We got up early since we had to drive to Atlanta to fly home from our 5 state Highpointing trip. Drove to the summit at about 7 AM and found a pick-up truck with Wisconsin license plates and a couple taking pictures of the new summit boulder/marker. Met fellow Highpointer Kenny Pokora and his wife and had a nice visit. Kenny has a long climbing resume including 6 of the 7 summits and has done the 50 State highpoints almost 3X. It's a small world. State HP #46 for me and #29 for my wife.
Posted Nov 10, 2010 7:10 am

kavakSummit Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010


I took the opportunity of attending my first State Highpointers Konvention because I hadn't been to Woodall Mountain. It was a very pleasant experience including the summit hike to the top. A large rock was unveiled with a commemorative plaque on the summit with the owners and news media present. I know people have dissed the mountain on more than one occasion but it certainly is a better experience now with the cleanup and the summit rock.
Posted Oct 11, 2010 6:51 pm

mlandau3Eleventh Of Eleven This Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010


i lived in mississippi for a while - i was not surprised that all there was at the high point were some towers and a usgs marker with an empty beer bottle next to it
Posted Jul 31, 2010 5:15 pm

dspriceHP#3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2010


*Hats off to the Highpointers for the cleanup and memorialization of the summit. I am humbled that while I griped, others took action. Great job.*

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I am a Southerner, but widely-travelled. I am still frustrated by my experience on Woodall Mountain, a neglected and disregarded site that has potential to be more than it has become. The sign that once marked this summit is gone, and picnic tables installed decades ago are crumbling. Worse, the vegetation is controlled with herbicide, which was acrid and pungent when we arrived. I'm not disappointed with the hill, just in the prevailing attitudes of some people down here that allow our green places to fall into spoil and decline.

We hiked (walked) the southern approach, which is the gravel road. It is the site of decades of illegal dumping, and the trucks that drive the road DO NOT anticipate hikers. It looks like the north entrance is the better option in hindsight.

Ate a good cheeseburger at Stagg's Grocery in Florence, AL on the way home (found it on Roadfood.com). Worth the stop if you are heading back that way.
Posted Jun 6, 2010 12:54 pm

6340298Clineb it & Wrote about it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2008
I climbed Woodall and wrote a book about it.
Check it out at amazon.com - "Climbing Woodall Mountain"
Posted Apr 6, 2010 9:59 am

TracyHp #29  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2010


Did this state highpoint with my son, Lance after driving up the Natchez Trace Parkway from Ross Barnett Reservoir. Also visited the summit of Little Mountain (601 ft.) in Jeff Busby picnic area in Choctaw County. Beautiful weather and arrived on top of Woodall right before sunset.
Posted Apr 5, 2010 11:03 pm

kteichertHP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2010


Most unimpressive state highpoint yet. Had a difficult time finding it, for lack of signage. Directions from lady at a Subway, "25 minutes up the road, you'll pass a Bingo House, and the road is on your left." Other state highpoints I've seen are well marked, and the state takes pride in their highest point. This one was very unheralded.
Posted Feb 1, 2010 11:14 am

IHaveArrivedHP #13  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2009


I drove to the top, snapped a picture of the USGS marker, did the obligatory hmmm look around, and then headed off to Alabama.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 2:37 am

BadgerSummitSeekerHP # 10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2008


Nice view from the top of N. Mississippi. As people have mentioned there's a lot of litter up here but I'm really grateful that the owners have allowed access to continue.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 6:59 pm

jeffh25Ehhhh.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009


Nice view in the cut-out for the power lines otherwise, not so much. I realize Mississippi has bigger problems but throw in a sign or a historical marker or something.
Posted Jul 14, 2009 3:35 pm

osatrikSHP #17, in 1987  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 1987


Vanessa and my trip to the highpoint of Mississippi included a memorable lunch in the cafe at Iuka and a visit to the Shiloh Battlefield. Woodall was number 17 of the state highpoints we visited together, and of the 49 state highpoints I eventually summited.
Posted Jul 3, 2009 2:57 pm

maddie77777My least favorite HP so far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2009


It would be nice to have a sign or something at the top. As it is, there's just the survey marker and a bunch of antennas. # 17 for me.
Posted Feb 17, 2009 11:13 am

skinnywhitecomicHP #11  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009


Nothing too difficult with this one...even my Camaro made it to the top!
Posted Jan 3, 2009 8:02 pm

IlafanTop of Mississippi  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008


Er...um...ah...Mississippi has very nice people and campgrounds. Woodall Mountain, maybe not so much.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:18 pm

highlandvillagerNeeds some TLC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008


We didn't see a good place to park by the main road and wound up just driving to the top. Sprucing up this place would make a good project for a local Eagle Scout. HP8
Posted May 21, 2008 12:06 pm

tiogaPowerline  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2008


Drove to the top and then walked down the powerline and climbed back up. Met some native Mississippians on the powerline who were concerned with their land. They were nice and gentle folk but wanted to make sure that I wasn't up to something fishy. Relaxing area.
Posted Apr 14, 2008 1:15 pm

jimeganWOODALL MTN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2007


Posted Feb 7, 2008 4:13 pm

RedwicSomething Should Be Done About This Place!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2007


After experiencing gorgeous weather and a nice drive, this State "Highpoint" was a letdown. Talk about LAME!!! The highpoint marker would be nicer if it were on some sort of fancy marker/ monument, rather than only a USGS marker on a small cylindrical piece of stone.
Posted Dec 29, 2007 12:28 pm

weeds19Quick stop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2002


Drove over from Huntsville to see the area. It used to be hard to find the right road.
Posted Dec 24, 2007 5:45 pm

eric-grizTha South!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2006


I took the indirect route from my winter job in South Dakota back to my temporary Kentucky home. Northern Mississippi wasn't so bad.
Posted Nov 9, 2007 8:40 pm

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