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- Summitting the highest point in Mississippi
- Learning the mountain's history
I'm not going to lie, Mississippi's highest point, Woodall Mountain, has been my least favorite so far out of the now 20 state highpoints I've visited. At only 806 feet above sea level, Woodall Mountain is the 4th lowest highpoint behind Florida, Louisiana, and Delaware. Even knowing this fact, you still might find the summit disappointing.
At the turn for Woodall Mountain Road, a sign will educate you about the geology of the area: that the soil is rust-colored, iron-rich sandstone and how the mountain is a monodnock, meaning the hard rock at the summit is more erosion resistant than its surroundings. If you really want to hike, you could park your car on the side of the road here and walk the mile uphill to the summit. The road isn't particularly scenic though, as pictured below (it's probably lovely with autumn leaves, however).
Despite having a couple hundred feet of prominence over the surrounding terrain, Woodall Mountain lacks anything resembling a view due to the dense forest on the summit. The closest thing is a narrow window without trees underneath a powerline, as pictured below. I imagine the view is slightly better in winter, though probably not by much. Someone should build a lookout tower here like they have in Alabama!
From U.S. Highway 72, take the exit for Mississippi Highway 25 in Iuka, then head south. Turn right onto Fairground Road/Old Highway 25 (for this turn, and the remainder of the turns, there will be signs pointing to Woodall Mountain), then turn left onto County Highway 176. Turn right onto Woodall Mountain Road, and continue until you reach the top.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are no facilities here.