Burlington County Highpoint Trip Report
one area 1,600 feet south of Arneys Mount BM
Date: April 1, 2007
Authors: Sue Ann Miller and Frank Price
The unnamed dirt lane that crawls across the west side of the green bumps just
east of Mount Holly Speedway on the TopoZone map is signed Tower Drive along
CR669 (Juliustown Road), so we drove in. This passes homes but clearly keeps
going as it winds up toward the tower along the dotted line trail route shown on
that topo. We had clearance and would have been less eager to drive on in a
sedan but some of this lane was roughly paved above the homes after passing over
some deep ruts. This ends at a fenced communications site where a hunters path
leads east from ample parking space. The thorns were manageable, so we picked
our way (pun intended) east toward the HP.
At the start of this path there are concrete footings for a previous tower that
had been placed on the high ground of this sub-summit. The size of tower
suggested by the arrangement seemed small for a fire lookout and we saw no
evidence of a stairway footing. Having a fondness for fire tower sites as well
as highpoints, we e-mailed a query to a source listed at www.firelookout.org and
got a thorough and quick response from Bob Spear, National Historian, Forest
Fire Lookout Association. This site is not in the state fire tower history but
could be an old estate or other private tower. It also occurred to us that
location just west of Fort Dix could offer explanations for a small tower on
this hill in past decades.
The path led only to a hunter's blind in a tree on the east slope of that hill
but from there it was possible to pick a way through thorn arches down to and
across another rough dirt lane (also shown on the topo) and continue picking
east to the HP area. This route is slightly longer than previously described
but it was not posted on our visit and no one questioned our presence.
On departure, we visited the 1775 Quaker Meeting house that sits on the
southwest corner of the intersection at the Arneys Mount BM. There was evidence
of work to clear fallen tree limbs and recent "Posted" signs glared over the
substantial stonework fence. That was also the situation for walking around the
fence on the uphill side from the north. Having already visited the HP, we did
not bother local residents.
As we advise in other reports from this NJ CoHP blitz, we recommend using Google
Earth to update and expand on what topo maps and DeLorme show. This area of New
Jersey was photographed on a leafless day, most roads are marked and named,
and some of the unnamed lanes at this site could also be previewed.
Finally, we did not drive Wynwood Drive, the lane that runs along the east side
of this rise that is completely lined with homes nor did we investigate
Birmingham Drive to see if possible access via the southeast ridge from that
road was also posted. Going north using a farm lane through woods from
Birmingham Drive could be another access for subsequent CoHPers to determine.