Alamance County Highpoint Trip Report

Cane Creek Mtns (970+ ft)

Date: October 28, 1997
Author: Fred Lobdell

General: The high point of Alamance County is in the Cane Creek Mountains at a lookout tower. There is a sign on the last part of the approach road that says it is a private road but there is no indication who owns the road. The tower has had the bottom set of stairs removed to prevent climbing.

Access: From the exit on I-85 for NC 49, take 49 south for about 8.5 miles. (This point is also about 8.5 miles north-northeast of the village of Liberty.) If going south from I-85, turn left (southeast) on Seale Road (SR 2365). Go 0.9 mile to the first left and turn northeast onto Mt. Herman Rock Creek Road, (SR 2321). Go 2.8 miles to the second right, Tower Road. Turn right and follow this road into a small development. The pavement ends after about a half mile and there will be a sign saying it is a private road. If you choose to go beyond this point, there will shortly be a fork; turn left and continue uphill. At the next fork, bear left and continue to the gravel approach to a radio tower. The road beyond this point is badly rutted, so you may wish to leave your vehicle here.

The hike: Walk up the dirt road to the lookout tower. This requires only about 5 minutes and 10 feet of gain. The high point seems to be either directly under the tower or a few feet south of it.