Ascent of Tate County High Point on 2019-10-05

Climber: Matthew Williams

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tate County High Point
    Elevation:560 ft / 170 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took advantage of some free time during one of my weekends home, and today I set out for the Tate County High Point.

Today a bluegrass music festival, sponsored in part by my alma mater Northwest Mississippi Community College, was being held in Senatobia. After going to see some of the performances and to see some friends I haven't seen in a while, I decided on my way back from the festival, with a bit of time to spare, that I should see about the local HP here while I could.

From the Northwest campus (the festival was held on a farm owned by the school a few minutes from town) I took MS-4 east through Senatobia. Outside the city I continued east until I reached the community of Looxahoma, and turned down Lyles Rd. Lyles will take you to Looxahoma-Tyro Rd., and following that for a few miles will get you to Thyatira-Tyro Rd.

The trip is easy enough, maybe 20-30 minutes depending on how you drive, but I took it slower because I was unfamiliar with the areas past Looxahoma. I was also cautious as to the road conditions past Looxahoma, also, because when it gets to the (more) rural areas, the roads narrow. It starts with the bridges; normally you don't have to worry, as there's not much traffic, and then it gets to where the roads are super narrow too. Ravines filled with kudzu on either side make for a harrowing trip, I was on my toes and feeling adventurous the whole time.

The high points themselves (yes, there's like 5 of them) are fairly close to each other, all of them are just off the sides of the road, in people's yards. You can (for the most part) judge which areas look higher but accessing them shouldn't be much trouble. The terrain looks highest alongside the road, on either side, where it looks almost cliff-like.

On leaving, I went south for a minute and crossed (unknowingly; my only clue was an election sign in someone's yard) into Panola County. Thyatira-Tyro will bring you, with a long-abandoned gas station on your left, to Highway 310. A right will take you (eventually) to Como, and a left will take you to Harmontown.
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