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Driskill Mountain - State High Point, LA

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Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 400 feet
Elevation Gain 135 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.65
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb → Any
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Sun  6:40am - 5:12pm
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tis but a stroll...
by imike

Likely In-Season!
The most scenic aspect of this "highpointer" hike may well be the grave yard at the Presbyterian church where you park at the trailhead. Not to say that the stroll through the dense hardwoods winding up to the top of the mountain is not pleasant, but it seems to compel you to just want to get there and get it over with... perhaps because of all the signs along the way posted by the private landowners (over whose land you are crossing) noting and crediting about the names of the owners, and generally distracting from the experiece of being out and away.

This 535' peak is one of the lowest high points in the nation... yet still attracts a stream of annual visitors. The founder of the highpointers club supposedly had his ashes scattered over Mt. Driskill, so there must be a substantial general appeal for many hikers.


It was interesting that on our visit, we had previously that week hiked the highpoints in both Missouri and Arkansas, both thousands of feet higher, yet this hike did require the greater effort and had more feet of elevation gain than those other two. (Missouri was something of a joke with a paved sidewalk going to the summit, with probably about 12 feet of total gain!).

History: As Don Holmes states, "Driskill Mountain was named for James Christopher 'Grancer' Driskill (1817-1901), who settled in the farm and timber land surrounding the mountain in the late 1830s after moving from Macon, Georgia. Eventually, Mr. Driskill owned 960 acres in the area. In 1874 he donated two acres of land for what has become the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church and the Driskill Memorial Cemetary. Many of Grancer Driskill's descendants still live near Driskill Mountain."

Miscellaneous Info: Driskill Mountain is the highest point of Bienville Parish and is, in fact, the only area in the state where land higher than 500ft can be found. The Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church is located close to the saddle separating Driskill from the only other 500ft summit in Louisiana, Gentry Hill. This 160m (524ft) point only has a 33m (109ft) prominence, but is a nice add-on to a hike up Driskill Mountain.

imike

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    From IH-20:
    - Take Exit 67 S for 1.7 miles to Arcadia
    - Go S on SR 147 for 7.4 miles
    - Turn SW (R) on SR 797 and continue for 3.7 miles
    - Turn W (R) onto SR 507 at T-intersection and continue for 1.0 miles to the Mt Zion Presbyterian Church parking lot
    page created by imike on Nov 29 2009 1:50 pm
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