Anne Arundel County Highpoint Trip Report
four areas (300+ ft)
Date: April 20, 2006
Author: Fred Lobdell
This county and its high point areas have been the subject of some discussion.
Based largely on Don Desrosiers's research, a consensus seems to have been
reached that the area containing "TV Tower" on the topo is the true HP and that
the ground in front of 1685 Fields Road is the highest ground in this area.
Thus, I visited three of the four areas, omitting the one on Fort Meade which is
1. unnamed area, "TV Tower" on map: This is the area that recent mapping using
a 2-foot contour interval seems to indicate is the true high point. The mapping
is supported by Don Derosiers's personal observations during winter, at which
time he could see both this area and the area on Fort Meade.
Previous trip reports give directions to this area. I rang the bell at 1985
Fields Road and chatted with the property owner. He was somewhat reserved at
first but mellowed as we conversed and in the end had no problem with my
wandering over his front lawn. He gave me some of the history and geography of
the area and we parted on amicable terms.
2. unnamed area 2200 feet east of "TV Tower": I found this area exactly as
described in Mike Schwartz's report.
3. unnamed area just east of Maryland City: I followed Mike's directions to
the area he thought is the highest in the vicinity and it is indeed higher than
most of the surrounding terrain. However, I also stood on the high ground on
the front lawn of a medical facility building which faced MD 198 and may be
what's left of the original 300-foot contour shown on the old topo.
I thank Mike Schwartz for his detailed trip report and Don Desrosiers for his
research on this county's high areas.