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

The trail to Driskill Mountain

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.

The sign at the summit

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 forests and pine plantations.

The view from the overlook near the summit

At the summit there is a board with a register and a bench. From the summit you can follow a trail for about 100 ft to the only view from the anywhere on this hike.

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