Warren County High Point Trip Report

Date: July 8, 2000
Author: Mike Beavers

This one was hard to find because neither the USGS Quad map nor Delorme Atlas were even close to showing the locations of the roads in the area. The whole area is in the process of being clear cut so the roads are in bad shape. If you go when Cherry Branch Road is wet it would be best to have a four wheel drive vehicle. The directions to the high point is as follows:

From Dunlap, TN take Highway 111 North for 8.9 miles. Turn left on highway 399. Then go 2.6 miles. At 2.6 miles turn right onto a gravel road. This road is named Cherry Branch Road according to DeLorme. Drive 9 miles out Cherry Branch road. This road is very rough (large pot holes, lots of big ruts form the logging trucks, etc.). There are lots of side roads branching from the main road -- always take the road that looks like it is in the best shape. At the 9.0 mile mark the road makes a sharp left and there is another over grown road going straight into the woods. I parked my truck at this point. (If you have a 4 wheel drive you could go about another 1,000 feet before you have to start hiking.) Hike out the overgrown road after about a 1,000 feet you will come into a open area with the main road bearing off to the right. If you look closely you will see two other overgrown roads, one going straight ahead and another one going to the left. Continue straight ahead on the overgrown road. (ATVs have been using this road.) Hike on this road about a mile and half. During this hike you will pass two swampy areas; at the first one you can see BM 1863 on the right side of the trail. After the second swampy area, the trail starts slowly ascending when the trail reaches it's highest point you will see a old road cut to your right. Cross the road cut and go to the top of the hill. The top of the hill is the high point for Warren County. Note that the topo map shows what appears to be a giant sinkhole not far from the high point. I did not have time to check it, maybe next time.