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Ascent of Fentress County High Point on 2018-02-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fentress County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:1870 ft / 569 m

Ascent Trip Report

A visit to the 16 areas requires a full day.

This county has 16 candidate high point areas, 13 at the very southwest corner of the county and 3 further north at the no-longer existing Cookstown. I generally followed Ken Oesers TR and I believe I arrived at the same conclusion. Kens refers to his highest point where he writes "......... .7 miles NE where it tops a hill. ......". This TR attempt to provide a detailed location of this same HP (I think???).
I've numbered the areas a la PB and visited them as listed here.

I concluded from the visit that the candidate high point areas are not as presented by Peakbagger, but rather located on the Tennessee Valley Divide (shown by a dashed-red-line on the google maps). I've located 3 such new areas on this Divide as noted here.
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13 CANDIDATE HIGH POINT AREAS AT SOUTH END (took us 5:30 hours).
Rose and I got an early start out of Crossville and found our way to the Fentress/Putman County Line on Hwy #62. We zeroed our odo and drove 62 eastbound but before doing so checked out AREA 4 & 5.

0.00M ... left the Fentress/Putman County Line eastbound on 62.

0.51M ... Little Hurricane Road on the left. Parked here for AREA 1. I stomped the area the best I could and didn't find the BM1870. The highest ground here is at House #2155 across the road (south side of 62). We drove north on Little Hurricane to check out AREA 12, and found that its much lower than BM1870 - forget this one. The highest ground in this whole area (JCT Little Hurricane/62) is to the northeast of this JCT (numbered AREA 1N, as noted next). AREAS 1, 4, 5 & 12 are not candidates for the high point, they need not be visited.

0.68M ... parked at gated farm track on the left. I hopped the gate and walked the grass field 150 yds on a 290 degree compass line to the Tennessee Valley Divide, highest point of this whole area (36.14630,-85.09468), I number this AREA 1N.

1.55M ... Dearmon Lane on the right (south) leads to AREA 13. On the left is a beautiful automated gated entrance that heads north to a number of residences. From this spot its obvious that Area 13 is not a candidate and the high ground is to the north (this is Ken's "hill"). The gate was open so we drove the driveway .2 miles to its crest - a new barn is presently being built to the left. The Tennessee Valley Divide goes through here. After eye-leveling the area I chose this driveway crest as "the" HP (36.15610,-85.08385), and numbered it AREA 13N. I did not drive to the houses. Someone with better equipment may arrive at a different conclusion, although I believe Ken's finding agree with this.
Also this AREA 13N I believe is higher than AREA 1N.

2.08M ... parked at Baptist Church on the left for AREA 3. A 2 track road (gated at 100+yds and fenced on both sides) heads north .7 miles to a 2nd road crest, AREA 3 is in the pasture 100 yds west (crawled under the fence). On the return I stopped at the 1st road crest (.2 miles from 62, the Tennessee Valley Divide goes through here). I hopped the fence and walked west 150 yds to the high ground and numbered it AREA 3S (36.16048,-85.07684). I call AREA 3 and 3S candidates.

2.36M ... farm on the right is home to AREA 2 which is not a candidate and need not be visited.

CONCLUSION FOR THE ABOVE AREAS OFF OF HWY 62 --- Only 4 Areas are candidates (1N, 13N, 3 & 3S), the other 6 (1, 2, 4, 5, 12 & 13) need not be visited.

FOR THE 6 AREAS (6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11) ON THE N-S FENTRESS/OVERTON COUNTY LINE, we drove west on 62 from the Putman/Fentress line for 1.36 miles to a right turn on Heritage Farm Road ( a Christian boarding High School), .5 miles north went to the main office for permission. The principal was very nice, delegated the hosting job to her Head-of-Maintenance. I met up with him another .5 miles up the road at the Maintenance Facilities. After explaining my requirements he allowed me to proceed, "Unfortunately you won't be able to drive the road with your vehicle, had a lot of rain lately." I told him I'd walk the road.

From our TH at the Maintenance Facilities (36.14502,-85.12325) I walked the sandy road north approx. 1.5 miles to AREA 11. For the return I tried to walk x-country a straight line along the Overton/Fentress County Line, visiting the other Areas and skirting around some low/rough/brushy spots in a few places (probably walked 2 mile for the return).
These areas were difficult to evaluate for elevation, but I'd say 6, 9 & 10 need not be visited.
The 3.5 miles RT took me 1:50 hours.
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3 NORTHERN AREAS AT COOKSTOWN.

From the south end of the county we drove to the other 3 areas at Cookstown, on-route took a short detour to visit the "Twinton Lookout Tower", a nicely maintained destination with a picnic-like summit, capped with a fenced-in tall Communication Tower, Tennessee Forestry Buildings and a Fire Tower with open stairs (in good shape). Thanks to Tom Owen for this entry.

The information in Ken Oeser's TR is all one needs for these 3 Areas. The drive in was on good dirt roads, there is logging operation presently in progress in this area. We parked at the west side of AREA 14, where a gravel road that enters the woods to huge piles of logged/cut wood. I walked a clockwise loop to the 3 areas in open woods with little underbrush, easy going.

We drove to Cookeville and checked into a hotel for 3 nights. Will do some shopping/play-tourist/get a major problem repaired on our van before tackling our last TN COHP (Jackson) in 3 days, thereby "hopefully" completing the State - got our fingers crossed.


"FENTRESS COUNTY, FORMED IN 1823, WAS NAMED IN HONOR OF JAMES FENTRESS (1763-1843) WHO SERVED AS SPEAKER OF THE STATE HOUSE AMONG OTHER POSITIONS. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS THE POPULATION WAS 17,959, THE AREA 499 SQUARE MILES, AND THE COUNTY SEAT IN JAMESTOWN. THE COUNTY IS THE EASTERN-MOST COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES TO OBSERVE CENTRAL TIME."

"IN SEARCH OF A DREAM UNDERNEATH THE TENNESSEE MOON,
I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SIXTEENTH POEM'S NINETY-FIVE STANZAS,
AND I WONDER, IS IT THE SAME MOON OTHERS WALKED UNDER." ............ ben is set to complete the poem's last stanza.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 63 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:visit to 16 areas
    Trailhead:various  1860 ft / 566 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country



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