Ascent of Halifax County High Point on 2016-02-27

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Saturday, February 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Halifax County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:390 ft / 118 m

Ascent Trip Report

Halifax County is the home of NC's easternmost "mountain," which rises to 325 feet in Medoc Mountain State Park. The county's high point, though, is an unnamed and uncertain location in the town of Littleton.

When Fred Lobdell explored Halifax in 2005, he visited 18 locations. I used LiDAR-based maps at to narrow down the possibilities. Then I corresponded with the son of the former county agent, who said his father had tried to determine the county high point and measured it at 394 feet in the yard at 149 Hackett Street. NCOneMap says the highest is 398 feet at 107 Roanoke Avenue.

Charlie Zerphey and I decided to visit all six spots that were at least 394 feet.

Fred's trip report remains excellent, but his area numbers do not correspond to those on the COHP map. So I've included both here.

COHP Area 6/Lobdell Area 12: GPS 107 Roanoke Avenue, Littleton. Corner of North Main and Roanoke Avenue. High ground is at the foot of an old tree in front of an abandoned two-story house. Spot elevation 398 on NCOneMap.

COHP Area 7/Lobdell Area 8: GPS 149 Hackett Street, Littleton. Corner of Hackett and High Street. This used to be a mansion and still has a gated drive. Lobdell described in 2005 as being renovated. Suffice to say, there is still lots to be done. It seems to be occupied, but when we visited, no one was home except a wary dog. We thought the high ground was north of the house. Spot 397 on NCOneMap.

COHP Area 14/Lobdell Area 16: Take Justice Branch Road east from Mosby Avenue to a curve east of Bacon Road. High ground is near a fire hydrant north of the road. Spot elevation 397.

COHP Areas 17 and 18/Lobdell Areas 1 and 2: Heading south from downtown on Mosby Avenue, the high ground is in the yards of 207 and 211 on the left and 216 and 220 on the right. Spot elevations 396.

COHP Area 12/Lobdell Area 14: 244 Halifax Street, east of Mosby Avenue. There is a woods road here with a cable gate, and high ground is maybe 100 yards north.

The other areas were no higher than 393 per NCOneMap, and we did not visit them. The prominent hill near Roper Springs has a spot elevation of 391 on the USGS quad but 389 on NCOneMap, so we ruled it out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Start Trailhead:370 ft / 112 m
Descent Statistics

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