Ascent of Thacker Mountain on 2012-06-26

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thacker Mountain
    Elevation:623 ft / 189 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lafayette county Mississippi has four contours above 620 feet; three in Holly Springs National Forest and one south of Oxford, Mississippi on Thacker Mountain.

The Thacker Mountain contour is easy to reach up a dirt road to a lookout tower. To reach it, take Old Taylor Rd south off of US-278/MS-6 for 3.6 miles and turn right on an unsigned Thacker Mountain Rd. The road is easily passable in a passenger car. The high point is about two-thirds of a mile up the dirt road.

The three points in Holly Springs National Forest are spread out along maintained gravel roads in the southwest part of the park. To reach them, continue east out of Oxford on US-278/MS-6 and turn left (north) on County Rd 225. County Rd 225 is paved at first but turns to gravel inside the National Forest.
The western most point is about 3 miles up the road from MS-6 just after a sharp bend to the left. Park on the side of the road and scramble up the embankment and wander around. I found two witness posts, one near the edge of the embankment and another about 100 yards into the woods, but was unable the find the Stevens BM or the hole that Fred Dale mentions.
For the middle point, turn around and go down County Rd 2066 for about 1.1 until you see a hill on the right. This contour had been clear cut on my visit and is the largest 620 foot contour.
The eastern point is further along 2066 and a right turn down County Rd 273. This contour was heavily forested. I waded into it a few yards to enter the contour but did not explore it fully.

Lafayette Cco Road 2066 - east 620+ feet 34.36385 -89.36381
Lafayette Cco Road 2066 - west 620+ feet 34.37110 -89.37853
Lafayette Stevens BM - 623 620+ feet 34.36512 -89.39679
Lafayette Thacker Mtn - Lafayette Lookout Tower 623 feet 34.32736 -89.57926
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