Ascent of Britton Hill on 2012-05-29

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Britton Hill
    Elevation:345 ft / 105 m

Ascent Trip Report

While on a family vacation on the Florida panhandle in Destin Florida, Sherry and I took the opportunity to journey to the lowest high point in the United States. It was only a 90 minute drive from our rented beach house. Getting going about 6:30 am, while everyone else was sleeping, we hit the Starbucks and drove east on the peninsula to take the bridge north to US highway 331. Crossing under I-10 we drove through DeFuniak Springs.

If we had been approaching this area on I-10 we would have taken exit 85 for DeFuniak Springs or, for a more complicated route, exit 70. Since we were already in Destin and were coming from the south we were already on US Highway 331. We continued on US 331 until we found County Highway 285 and turned onto it. There was a sign for Lakewood Park and the high point shortly before the turn off to 285.

Britton Hill is named for the retired postmistress of Lakewood. The park is located up a fairly steep hill, on the west side of the road and the map shows it is near the Alabama border. Had we driven the two miles to the Alabama Florida border and then on to Florala we would have driven by Lake Jackson which straddles the border between the two states. It is notable that Andrew Jackson, before becoming President, spent three weeks by Lake Jackson (then named "Big Pond") during an 1818 campaign to subdue Indians in Pensacola. Lake Jackson is the largest natural lake in Alabama.

Britton Hill is located in Lakewood park in the unincorporated town of Lakewood Florida, in Walton County. The Walton county park offers male and female restrooms, picnic shelters, a granite summit marker, and a nature trail. The park is part of a small forest and rises above the adjacent farm land. The park has lots of trees and a building with separate male and female restrooms. There were fliers for the Highpointers club and a summit register in a rack on the building which I used to commemorate attaining my 16th highpoint summit and Sherry’s 4th.

In addition to the building there were several wooden benches and picnic pavilions scattered around the grounds. Facing the road was a tall sign with the Lakewood Park name and indicating that this was the highest point in Florida at 354 feet. At the north end of the park is the high point granite stone marker indicating the site of the high point but no conventional USGS marker. The stone is surrounded by a concrete circle walk and several benches. We took our summit shots and signed the register.

The area in the miles leading up to the high point was a mix of planted fields, some cattle, and lots of slash pines. The flat terrain south of I-10 gradually changed to mildly rolling hills.
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