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Ascent of Wicomico County High Point on 2005-08-05

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, August 5, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wicomico County High Point
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:90 ft / 27 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were now on the back-end of our vacation, exploring the coastal areas in and around the Delmarva Peninsula. Yesterday, we had visited the Delaware state highpoint at Ebright Azimuth, then driving to Rehoboth Beach, where for the first time ever, I splashed around in the Atlantic Ocean. We stayed the night in Milford, Delaware.

Today, we drove south to Ocean City, Maryland and spent a few hours walking the boardwalk, having fun. That was the bulk of our day and we didn't leave until almost 3 p.m., aiming for Pocomoke City, where we had a hotel waiting for us. Along the way, we visited the measly highpoints of Wicomico and Somerset Counties, both located nearby cemeteries, interestingly.

For Wicomico County, there are two areas about three miles apart. We came from the north along Parsonsburg-Melson Road and parked near its intersection with Dagsboro Road. The first area was a very short ways into the brush and forest to the northeast. I did my best to gauge this and entered into the forest but nothing was obvious to me in the thick vegetation. This one might be better explored in winter, when vegetation isn't so thick.

The second area is in the town of Parsonsburg itself, in the cemetery adjacent to a church at the corner of Forest Grove Road and highway MD-346. We parked in the small lot and explored the cemetery. The highpoint was easily found, but we had more fun looking at some of the dates on the headstones, many dating over 100 years ago. A significant number of those buried here were from the Parsons family, which probably has something to do with the family that founded the town. It's a neat, trim, well kept cemetery and we enjoyed our visit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:80 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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