Ascent of Holloway Ridge on 2012-03-14

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Holloway Ridge
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bledsoe county has one point above 2,680 feet; it is located on Holloway Ridge in the northern part of the county on Walden Ridge about 27 miles north of Dayton, TN and west of Spring City, TN.

Regarding Mike Beavers trip report, both my GPS and Google maps had all the roads necessary for this high point on them. Most roads on top of the mountain are gravel and some are quite steep but I did not have any trouble finding the right roads.

I combined my trip with a stop by the Rhea county courthouse in Dayton and visited the Scopes Trial Museum beneath the historic courthouse and actually got to go into the courtroom itself. There were workmen doing some restoration work but many of the items in the room were used during the 1925 trial. The museum is only open on weekdays.
After that, I visited two fire towers on the way to the Bledsoe high point. The Worthington Knob tower has a good view of the Sequatchie Valley but it makes for more driving on gravel roads than is necessary for just the high point.

The easiest (most paved) route to the Bledsoe high point is to take Shut-in-Gap Rd west out of Spring City for 8.5 miles up Walden Ridge. (I think the 16 miles on Mike Beavers report is Dayton to Spring City, as it is only 8.5 miles up Shut-in-Gap Rd)
Turn right onto Holloway Ridge Rd (gravel) and go 2.2 miles until the gavel ends.
The last .3 mile is down a rutted dirt road that would require a high clearance vehicle but the high point is up the hill on the right.
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