Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Black Mountain KY in Danger...

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has just identified Black Mountain, KY as one of the nations most 11 endangered historic resources for 2011. It's very existence is threatened by the possible issuance of multiple surface and deep mining permits on and around the mountain.

The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mine Permits will decide whether to grant the permits. Highpointers wishing to help preserve Black Mountain should write and/or email the Division of Mine Permits requesting that they reject the permit applications.

The National Trust web site can be found at:

Contacts for the Division of Mine Permits can be found at their web site:

Clingmans Dome Road (TN) Closure Extended...

Clingmans Dome Road will will not reopen until June 19, 2010 due to road repaving.

The project will continue until July 1, 2010 but traffic will be managed with single lane closures on weekdays. No work will take place on weekends once the road reopens.

The road will be closed to all public use, including hiking, bicycling, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and auto touring. Access to trailheads along the road will also be closed, including Fork Ridge Trail, Forney Creek Trail, Forney Ridge Trail (which leads to Andrews Bald), Noland Divide Trail, Road Prong Trail, and Sugarland Mountain Trail.

Although trailhead access from along Clingmans Dome Road will be closed, these trails will remain open and hikers can access them via connecting trails in the area.

The Appalachian Trail, which runs parallel to Clingmans Dome Road, will be accessible from Newfound Gap.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Greetings and a Laurel and Hardy Handshake!!!

By now you've obviously found a place where you can get connected. We at the Highpointers Club are striving to keep our members on top of things as best as we can.

If you are not a member you are still welcome to participate. Believe me, we can use all the help, information, reports and just plain good stuff that we can get.

Feel free to visit the Highpointers Club online at: Who knows... you may get a craving to join us? Just $20 a year US and $25 for Foreign Memberships.

Other than the Quarterly Newsletter "Apex to Zenith" we now offer Monthly e-Bulletins and occasionally an e-Alert to keep up in tuned between newsletters.

The Annual Club Konvention is being held in Muscle Shoals Alabama honoring the Highpoint of Mississippi - Woodall Mountain. It'll be in October so it'd be nice and cool.

For more information about the Club just email: