My wife and son were with me on this one. They did not have any interest in the summit at the time, so I hiked the short distance on my own. When I returned there was a pickup next to my car. I went over to talk with them and they told me it wasn't safe to leave my family in the car there. I wasn't completely sure what they meant by that but we left there with somewhat of a loss of innocence in the highpointing world.
Originally planned to do 3 Highpoints this weekend but weather and time became a factor. Originally was going to forget this one for VA & TN but ended up doing this one when thunderstorms and lots of rain were called for VA. My wife and I had just avoided a thunderstorm in TN and drove our way to the top of this HP. The drive was pretty, the summit was not. It still was better than Delewares' (mainly because nobody was watching me take a picture of myself up here, so I didn't have to be embarrassed) Found the benchmark under the tower. Glad to be done with this one. Alot of driving for 2 days!!
I liked this HP despite breaking my damn camera while climbing the fire tower. I saw my first ever poisonous snake here...a beautiful copperhead. Ooops. Not a copperhead, but still beautiful. It was a milk snake.
I drove to the top and found a survey marker (benchmark) under the rickety old tower on what has been described as the true highpoint. Views from the top of the old tower are pretty good (the bottom ten feet of stairs are missing). There was country music blaring from inside one of the equipment shelter buildings, but no one else was around.
Climbed up from Rt 160 along the paved service road. Saw a van with a Nebraska license coming down as I was going up. I'm sure they were highpointers, as I am. The top was a little disgusting, but the walk through the woods reminding me a lot of Northern PA, where I am from. Everything was still dead and spring had not yet sprung on the higher elevations of these mountains.
HARD PART WAS FINDING IT ON DRIVE FROM MT ROGERS, VA. YOU SHOULD GET PRIOR PERMISSION FROM OWNERS. HP#46
I didn't sign the waiver! Take that King Coal!!!
The summit was quite trashed on my visit, but the views were nice and litter can be picked up easily.
Scott Shoemaker and I climbed to KY's highest point on behalf of the law enforcement climbing team, "COPS ON TOP". This was done in honor of the people who died in the 9-11 attacks as well as the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in 2007.
My dog Spanky and I made it to the top of Black Moutain, KY on a beutiful sunny day. The summit is a little dissapointing - basically an antenna farm. However, the hike up through the dense, green hardwood forest was enjoyable. Not much of a view from the top. The drive up from VA was extremely scenic.
Please check out our trip report at http://50summits.blogspot.com
Absolutely the ugliest of the state highpoints I've been on (35). Interesting drive up from Virginia.
Second of two... in the same day!!;
Nice part of the country. It was good to have an excuse to go there.
Drove to Black Mountain from Gloucester, Virginia. Nice, scenic drive from Abingdon, Virginia. Summit leaves a lot to be desired; A small industrial wasteland up there unfortunately. Highpoint #4.
Trashed. Maybe things have improved since. Just there to mark it off my state HP list.
In 1987 our family did a highpoints driving trip and hit Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky's high points. This was our fifth in four days, back before the land owners required you to send in a release form. It was the 27th of my 49 state high points, and number 26 for Vanessa, number 13 for Hillary and Holly.
Parked the car on 160 and walked the paved road to the top. Climbed through the gate and over to the summit tower, you couldn't climb the tower so I just took a quick pic in front of it as proof that I made it to the "very" top.
Got here from Grayson Highlands Park and Mount Rogers in less than 3 hours, but must say its the most disappointing highpoint that I have been to and that includes Ebright Azimuth in Delaware. The FAA dome and antennas are a nice touch...not. Least they could do is restore the observation tower. Oh well, check this box HP #7.
Drove to Appalachia, KY from Mount Rogers, VA shortly before dark. Drove up steep and curvy Hwy. 160 to the dirt road. Road very rough. Parked and hiked to the summit. Very trashy summit. I seriously considered cleaning the area up, but it was getting dark. Found benchmark and left. HP #12.