Buckingham County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: June 19, 2004
Author: Don Desrosiers

Only follow the first paragraph during dry weather.

From the Appomattox HP, stay on 724 which will be dirt. Keep to the obvious best track for 4.3 miles. You will intersect with a paved road. Take that to the right and meet US 60 in another 1.4 miles. VA 604 will be 0.3 mile west (and on your right). About 15 minutes to drive from the Appomattox County HP to Buckingham but I would be hard pressed to give you reverse directions since there were lots of logging roads and no route markers.

Ryan Bowles' and Dale Millsap's driving directions were great. Route 607 comes in from an angle, so pay attention. Otherwise just park at 3.3 miles, realizing that the gated road at 3.0 miles takes you where you want to go.

The dirt road to the right is about 1/2 mile past the cemetery. There is a road at about 1/4 mile, but it will quickly go back down. You want a road that keeps climbing. Eventually you will get to a gate. Ryan and Dale bushwhacked from there. I chose to go around the gate and meet the paved road. In about 200 yards you are presented with a chain link gate with barbed wire that is designed to discourage vehicles. What is the hiker to do? Hint: 10 left or 25 right. Stay on the paved road around the bend and come to the main gate, with more barbed wire and evidence of much old security but no people. Again, what is the hiker to do?

Hint: walk back 25 yards and sing "Long and Winding Road". You should be able to figure it out. Once inside the fence, the electric fence is not powered, although trying to convince a sheep dog of this was difficult. They don't have to hit an electric fence too many times to be wary.

The top is quite broad, as noted. There are rumors that somewhere in the high grass are eight highpoints, a yeti, and Jimmy Hoffa's body, but exactly where is anyone's guess. Nice views.