Ascent of Williamson County High Point on 2010-10-09

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Williamson County High Point
    Elevation:1256 ft / 382 m

Ascent Trip Report

Williamson county, just south of Nashville, has 6 points over 1,240 feet on Duck River Ridge; one of which has a 1,256 foot BM on Pulltight Hill.
Two are on a western ridge on a farm property and the other four on another part of the ridge are on residential property.

West of Pulltight Hill
I began by leaving my hotel in Franklin and traveling south on I-65 to exit 159B to the unfinished I-840 bypass and go west a quarter mile then exit to Lewisberg Highway (US-431 / TN-106) and go south.
Turn left on Bethesda Rd after 2.5 miles.
Continue straight through the intersection with Bethesda-Arno Rd. Bethesda Rd becomes Comstock Rd at this point.
After .3 miles bear left onto Cross Keys Rd
After 1.5 miles bear left onto Pulltight Hill Rd
Drive .7 mile east on Pulltight Hill Rd and look for Rabbit Hill Rd on the left. Turn here.
There are 2 drive ways here; one paved on the left and one gravel. The gravel one leads to the home of Randy Tomlinson which is on the 1,240+ ft contour. I drove up the paved drive and met a nice family at the neighboring house that let me park there and walk next door. This house has a better view of the valley however.
Mr Thomlinson as kind enough to walk me around the property and tell me a little bit of the history of the area and showed me the cemetery from the 1800s. Their family has only lived there about a year and was quite interested in their property's high point status and we chatted for about an hour and he even took me up on the balcony for some better pictures.
The actual high points appear to be in an over grown field east of the cemetery on someone else's property and then northwest down a semi-maintained trail by Mr Thomlinson.
I did not go up the drive way that leads to the radio tower although those owners probably own the field that the first point was in; it can be accessed from the Thomlinson's though.

Pulltight Hill proper
Return downhill to Pulltight Hill Rd, turn left and continue east up the hill itself.
At .6 miles there are 2 joint drive ways on the right side of the road; take the one on the right (when facing it). Note, this is downhill of the actual summit and the small parking lot and sign.
Drive up the steep gravel driveway and knock on the house’s door. The residents are quite familiar with the high point status of their property and while they allowed me to walk around their property, the homeowner did seem annoyed that I disturbed them. She said the BM was gone or under the house so I was unable to find it. The eastern point is in their horse pasture near their barn.
I also snapped a few photos at the parking area overlooking the valley.

Western contours
The last set of points was actually the first I drove past but it was early in the morning so I saved them for last. These are likely the lower points of the county high points.
From Pulltight Hill I drove back to Bethesda Rd and turned right on reed Rd (about 5.5 miles). Drive to the end of Reed Rd up to a small farm.
As I got out of my car a woman came out of the house and was too happy to see me. I explained my purpose and she agreed to let me climb the ridge. She did say her dogs were chained and she would keep them penned while I was there but that they did bite. Caution should be exercised approaching this farm. When I returned however, I met her father who was much more cordial and familiar with the ridge's high point status. Speaking with him may be more beneficial.
I set up off hill with no direction from the young woman and went straight up the ridge through choss and steep terrain. I recommend a hiking pole or two for this one. Again, when I returned, the old man told me there was a road to the top I could have taken if I had been directed to it.
I did find this road at the top and walked along it to the 2 contours. No view and quite flat as previously reported.

Over all, hotel to hotel about 3 hours (with an hour chatting) and 300+ ft elevation gain (mostly at the last set on western Duck River Ridge).

Williamson Duck River Ridge - east 1240+ ft 35.76030 -86.75060
Williamson Duck River Ridge - east 1240+ ft 35.76282 -86.75204
Williamson Duck River Ridge - west 1240+ ft 35.79362 -86.79433
Williamson Duck River Ridge - west 1240+ ft 35.79401 -86.79603
Williamson Pull Tight - 1256 BM 1256 ft 35.75748 -86.74281
Williamson Pull Tight - south 1250+ ft 35.75543 -86.74120

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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