Harnett County Highpoint Trip Report

Big Ridge (490+ ft)

Date: December 4, 2006
Authors: Sue Ann Miller and Frank Price

A new candidate for this county highpoint?

This visit was part of a blitz of several CoHPs around RTP at the end of a business trip.

In 1999 Fred Lobdell walked around the fence of the FAA facility that sits on a slight rise up a sandy lane just south of the highway. A "No Trespassing" sign has been posted at the entrance to this lane (after 9-11-01?) but it is otherwise open. We had a glorious day just after the passing of a cold front to stand on this sandy ridge so, as we departed our official visit and continued driving east, we pulled off the south side of highway 24 & 27 across from the intersection of Claude White Road. Two county water towers occupy high ground here and there is no posting. When you stand near the towers on ground that, if anything was leveled down for the towers, you are looking down on the short FAA facility towers that stand above the trees to the west.

Big Ridge is a long feature in this area. We suggest that the topo map may not show a contour that is at least as high as the posted HP and perhaps slightly higher. Crude line-of-sight certainly suggested a height differential in favor of the water tower site for the actual CoHP. Subsequent HPers should observe the ridge to the south of the highway as they drive from the FAA lane to the towers and repeat our observation, perhaps with better ability to provide actual data for comparison.