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.
Did this late at night as a drive-up. The access road was super foggy and the summit area strange and eerie.
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.
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.
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
Get the waiver so you don't have to poach this one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drive up. Spent the night in the car just below the summit.
... this is the creepiest HP I've been to. Gort my 'pic' so I won't have ot go back.
Didn't find anything creepy about the summmit or the denizens, but I'm part Kentuckian, so folks from the hills just don't bother me, I guess. Ran into two workers who were trying to resolve that all the summit structures had been broken into. Said good morning and joked about shootin' guns...they were friendly fellas. Beautiful frost on all the trees from the cold, damp night before. With my Mom & Dad, my husband, and my Sister & her husband and my nephew. :) Neat to get back to our roots. :)
Summitted at 9:00 pm. Really enjoyed the drive from big stone gap to the summit. Didn't run into any miners but had the waiver in hand ready to present. Snapped a pic of the plaque and headed for Virginia.
Last one on a road/peakbagging trip. Drove most of the way, parked, and walked the last few yards up in a soaking rain. Definitely not the most picturesque.
Drove up in the pouring rain. Not hard to find. Road to the top isnt that bad, narrow in spots but paved with a few pot holes. Walked the final quarter mile or so to the summit. Summit marker easy to find as described.
What hotoven said. lots of broken glass and sketchyness on top
Drive up to the top. had to doge construction crews along the way. At the top there was a tower and little building there. Someone had the radio on in the building even though it looked abandon. Got some photos and left that creepy place.
I don't want to say that the place should be a park instead of a coal mine, cause I signed a piece of paper saying I wouldn't but... Let's just say the place has a lot of potential.