Troup County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: June 12, 2001
Author: Fred Dale

Kevin Williamson tells me he hasn't gotten Point #1 due to a disgruntled home-owner. I got lucky when I chose a different homeowner on this rainy day.

Point #1: From I-85 in Georgia, take exit 18, and go east on GA Highway 109 for 5.4 miles to Mountville United Methodist Church. The master of the large house directly across the street was kind enough to allow me to walk through the backyard, from the back fence of which I could walk a bit west and south, investigating the high ground in neighboring lots. The large tree on the backyard's west property line, possibly the neighbor's (to the west) equipment shed is the highest ground. As the shed sits on a graveled base and work area, the tree's berm is natural, and sight-leveling shows no difference, I'd say the tree site in the friendly homeowner's backyard is the highpoint.

Point #2: Continue east on Hwy. 109 another 0.2 mi., and turn R at the cemetery onto Dallas Mill Rd. Go 1/4 mi. to high ground, in the woods on the right. The BM, found by Kevin Williamson previously, is nestled in a small hole that was filled with rainwater when I was there. The hp is a bit further into these easy woods, no more than a hundred yards or so.

Point #3: Go another half mile or so to the county line on GA Hwy. 109. On your R (S) is a gated gravel road. Posted to hunting, it leads south 1050 steps to a point recognized by a stone slab that looks as if it could've been a step or a lintel. Turn SW and bushwhack. Persistence will eventually lead you finally out of the tangle of young woods into a mature hardwood forest. Kevin's old surveyor's tape abounded in the trees. I captured the high spots.

Point #2 seemed highest -- perhaps because there was a better display of topography. But there's no way yet to know for sure.

My GPS coordinates for Points 1, 2, & 3 -

(33° 02.31' N, 84° 52.64' W)
(33° 02.12' N, 84° 52.26' W)
(33° 01.78' N, 84° 51.83' W)