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.
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.
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
*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.*
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.
I climbed Woodall and wrote a book about it.
Check it out at amazon.com - "Climbing Woodall Mountain"
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.
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.
I drove to the top, snapped a picture of the USGS marker, did the obligatory hmmm look around, and then headed off to Alabama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing too difficult with this one...even my Camaro made it to the top!
Er...um...ah...Mississippi has very nice people and campgrounds. Woodall Mountain, maybe not so much.
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
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.
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.
Drove over from Huntsville to see the area. It used to be hard to find the right road.
I took the indirect route from my winter job in South Dakota back to my temporary Kentucky home. Northern Mississippi wasn't so bad.