Showing posts from May, 2012

Taum Sauk Mountain, MO

Location: near Ironton, Missouri
Summit elevation: 1772 ft (540 m)
Distance: 0.4 mile (0.6 km) round trip
Elevation gain: 30 ft (9 m)
Class: 1
Date: May 18, 2012

Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest point in Missouri and located in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in the Ozarks of the southeastern part of the state. The trail to the summit is short, flat, and paved for most of the way. The summit is surrounded by forest and has no views whatsoever. There is a view to the north from an overlook along the road to the parking area.

Shortly before the parking area there is a sign for a fire lookout tower. This tower is open to public use during the day and provides 360 degree views above the surrounding trees as long as you are willing to climb the stairs up it.

If you would like to take a slightly longer hike from the summit you can go to Mina Sauk Falls, the highest waterfall (132 ft) in Missouri when there is water flowing. When I visited there was no water at the falls, but the hike still …

Shiloh National Military Park

Location: near Adamsville, Tennessee
Date: May 17, 2012

Shiloh National Military Park preserves the locations of the Shiloh and Corinth battles during the Civil War. I visited only the Shiloh Battlefield after going to Woodall Mountain, but the Corinth Battlefield is a short distance away in Mississippi.

The Battle of Shiloh occurred on 6-7 April 1862 and was not a tactical victory for either side, but it was a strategic victory for the Union under the command of Ulysses S. Grant. After the battle ended 24,000 people were killed, wounded, or missing.

The visitor center is located next to Shiloh National Cemetery at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. From here you can take a driving tour of the battlefield that features 20 stops, including at the Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark.

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Woodall Mountain, MS

Location: Iuka, Mississippi
Summit elevation: 806 ft (246 m)
Distance: 0 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 0 ft
Class: Drive-up
Date: May 17, 2012

Woodall Mountain is the highest point in Mississippi and located in the northeast part of the state near the town of Iuka. The mountain is fairly easy to get to from U.S. highway 72 in Iuka via state route 25 and county roads 187 and 176. On 176 you will see a sign for the mountain and then follow a well maintained gravel road for one mile. The upper sections of the road are narrow and steep but passable by any car.

On the summit there is boulder with a plaque marking the high point and a mailbox that acts as a register. There are also several towers and a narrow view to the northwest via a power line clearing.

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Mount Magazine, AR

Location: near Havana, Arkansas
Summit elevation: 2753 ft (839 m)
Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip
Elevation gain: 225 ft (69 m)
Class: 1
Date: May 17, 2012

Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas and located in the west-central part of the state. The mountain is more of a long, narrow plateau since the top is mostly flat and rimmed by cliffs. The high point is located on what is known as Signal Hill inside Mount Magazine State Park.

There are two easy trails to the summit one from the lodge on the south rim and one from the campground on the north. The trail from the north is slightly shorter, so that's the one I took, but it was still only one mile round trip. There are only a few sections of moderate elevation gain, and the trail travels through forests typical of areas well to the north.

The summit has no views, but Overlook Drive along Cameron Bluffs on the north rim of the mountain has great views as does the lodge on the south ride of the mountain.

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Driskill Mountain, LA

Location: Arcadia, Louisiana
Summit elevation: 535 ft (163 m)
Distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km) round trip
Elevation gain: 150 ft (46 m)
Class: 1
Date: May 16, 2012

Driskill Mountain at an elevation of 535 ft is the highest point in Louisiana. It is located about 10 miles south of Interstate 20 in Arcadia in northern Louisiana. I stopped here first on a trip that included three other state high points: Mount Magazine, Woodall Mountain, and Taum Sauk Mountain.

Driskill is located on private land that is open to the public and requires a short hike. The trailhead is located along state route 507 at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church. Park in the church parking lot and begin hiking the dirt road to the left of the church and cemetery. The hike is about 0.9 mi each way and only gains about 150 ft in elevation, making it a very easy. Part of the hike follows old dirt roads, but the last section, where most of the elevation gain is, is a hiking trail. The trail goes through a mix of southern pine fo…