Ascent of Tallahatchie County High Point on 2012-08-07

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tallahatchie County High Point
    Elevation:404 ft / 123 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tallahatchie county Mississippi has nine contours above 400 feet; there are 2 clusters of four contours and one lone contour east of the clusters. The nine contours require a mix of bushwhacking, kudzu-whacking, Martinizing and open-country travel. This county had not been climbed before my visit.

The contours are generally laid out east to west along Cascilla Rd. There is no exit off of I-55 so one must take at either exit 220 (south-bound) or exit 211 (north-bound) and make your way to US-51. Turn west onto Cascilla Rd from US-51.

The first contour is about 4.5 miles from US-51. There is no where to park on the side of the road for this bushwhack so I continued onto Rosebloom Rd and knocked on the door of the house at the intersection. I met Mr. and Mrs. Bloodworth who own the gas station at the corner. I told them of my quest for the county highpoint and Mr. Bloodworth confirmed that the hill his house is on is high, as the county had wanted to build a water-tower in his backyard. I left my car in his drive way and set off along an unmaintained road and bushwhacked east, crossing a power-line cut. The highpoint contour is about .2 east of Mr. Bloodworth’s house. There is not much to see except for trees here.

The eastern cluster of four contours is 1.8 miles west of the Rosebloom & Cascilla Rd intersection. These contours are near a 404 foot spot elevation. Of these four contours, the one west, northwest of the 404 spot seems to the highest. This contour is located there an abandoned white house on a hill overlooking the other three contours. The 404 spot contour stretches over the road and into the yard of the house across the street. The eastern contour is north of the road up a small hill covered in kudzu. The northern contour is one fence hop and a short walk north from the house on the hill.

The western cluster is located on Smith Rd about 2.7 miles from the first cluster. The southern contour also stretches across Smith Rd and is the largest. There is another contour about .1 of a mile bushwhack west into the woods from here. Next, I knocked on the door of the house about a quarter-mile north of the first contour. They owned the property that the northern contour was on and allowed me to drive up a short dirt lane to within a few hundred feet of the contour. The last contour is across the street in a gated and fenced field; the homeowners across the street did not know how to contact the owners but said if I was just running in and running out, it would probably be ok. With this tacit approval I climbed over the gate and walked across the rolling fields. I encountered a few curious cattle but made it to the contour without incident. From observation, this contour appears higher than the two to the south near the road, but it is not in sight distance of the northern point.

Tallahatchie 404 spot elevation 400+ feet 33.87221 -89.96488
Tallahatchie 404 spot elevation - east 400+ feet 33.87330 -89.96300
Tallahatchie 404 spot elevation - north 400+ feet 33.87448 -89.96495
Tallahatchie 404 spot elevation - west 400+ feet 33.87350 -89.96593
Tallahatchie Cascilla Rd (near Grenada county line) 400+ feet 33.87542 -89.92968
Tallahatchie east of 390 spot elevation 400+ feet 33.86436 -90.00288
Tallahatchie east of 391 spot elevation 400+ feet 33.86651 -90.00747
Tallahatchie Smith Rd 400+ feet 33.86161 -90.00408
Tallahatchie Smith Rd – west 400+ feet 33.86181 -90.00584
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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