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.
My 21st state highpoint!
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.
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.
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.