Mississippi

23 September 2015

 

The Highpointers’ Foundation is dedicated to the conservation and promotion of the American highpoints. Many of the peaks sport a bench bearing the organization’s logo and a mailbox register for visitors to sign. They are a nice touch. Perusing the register provides a short history of people’s experiences on the summit, giving visitors a means to feel connected despite the difference in time. It is a good complement to the highpoint, a sideshow to the main attraction. For the highest point of Mississippi, the bench and mailbox took the spotlight.

 

Woodall Mountain was situated in the northeast corner of Mississippi. It was a few hours from Alabama’s highpoint, and I decided to cap it before the weekend ended. The highway between the peaks was typical for most of the distance: asphalt, generally smooth despite a few cracks, and faded white and yellow lines. Crossing the border into Mississippi immediately dropped the quality. The asphalt was a few layers thinner and sun-bleached to the point of being light brown in color. The road was too narrow to support a shoulder and large weeds dotted its surface, sprouting up from the cracks. After taking a few more maintenance-neglected roads, I reached the top of Mississippi. It was not much in terms of a view—the trees were too tall and thick and there was no longer an overlook. The peak was a historic marker for a Civil War battleground, although there wasn’t much signage to support it. There was, though, the mailbox register and a bench. Most of the time, I gave these little attention. But after driving several hours to the humble destination, I sat on the bench and read the entire logbook.

 

Woodall Mountain. 807 ft / 246 m. 5 July 2014.

 

Mississippi