Ascent of Craven County High Point on 2016-03-02

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craven County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:66 ft / 20 m

Ascent Trip Report

The snow-white sand dunes behind the Woods' farm were a treat. I went to ask permission from Effy Wood (2395 Wintergreen Road, Cove City NC) but no one was home when I arrived in late afternoon. I drove out the dirt road to the dunes area and met a worker leaving, who gave me permission to hike. The land has been planted in pines but the tops are still clear. I thought the westernmost dune (N35.23033 W77.33598, NAD27) was highest. The Craven County GIS site ( has 2-foot contours and shows two 66-foot contours here that correspond to the 20-meter contours on the quad.

Area 4 is a slight ridge that parallels US70 near the town of Dover. Craven GIS says this tops out in the 64-foot contour. A fence north of the highway could make this a challenge to visit, but I found a spot to cross where a fallen tree had breached the fence.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:36 ft / 10 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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