Louisiana High Point - Driskill Mountain
My Hike To The Louisiana High Point In Northern Louisiana - October 26, 2010
|Louisiana's Highest Natural Point - Driskill Mountain (elevation 535 feet)
Driskill Mountain, the Louisiana high point, is appoximately 15 miles southwest of Ruston. It
is ranked 48th in height among all 50 U.S. state high points, with only
having lower high points. This is an enjoyable 0.8 mile hike in the woods of northern Louisiana.
Although there is an ascent on the hike, it is an easy walk.
The trail comprises of an old gated logging road on private property that the owner
has generously allowed for visitors to enjoy. Please be respectful of the owners when hiking on this land.
Directions: From Ruston, Louisiana, travel west on Interstate 20. At exit 77,
travel south (left) on Highway 507. The trailhead is approximately twelve miles on Highway 507.
(Note that at about the six mile mark, a sharp left needs to be made to stay on 507.)
Once you cross Highway 147, you're only 2-3 miles away. The trailhead can be somewhat difficult to see from the road, but
it is located beside the very noticeable Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church and Driskill Memorial Cemetery.
Me and Kathey at the high point. You've got to love the
Razorbacks vs. LSU clash in attire! :)
|The Adventure To The Louisiana High Point
My friend Kathey in Joneboro wanted to hike with me to Driskill Mountain.
We agreed to meet at the junction of Louisiana Highways 507 and 147.
Kathey called to tell me she was running late, and it didn't help that a large
and slow logging truck was in front of her.
Finally she arrived, but first,
the logging truck pulled over in front of me! Talk about being a big ass truck! :)
Then the truck driver got out and walked over to Kathey's car.
Apparently the poor guy was lost and needed directions.
||Onward we traveled to the high point trailhead. This black sign
for Driskill Mountain can be seen along Highway 507.
||A pleasant hike in the forest.
||Just follow the signs ...
||... and there it is, the top of Driskill Mountain (alt. 535 feet).
This was my 18th U.S. state high point. My previous 17 in the order I visited them: New Jersey,
UPDATE: Also Mississippi and
||A short pathway leads to an overlook. A small clearing of trees provides a view of a nearby hill.
||Afterward, Kathey and I met with Rhonda, Melissa and
Michelle for dinner in Ruston. I am so grateful for these good friends
in northern Louisiana. :)
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