Mt Sunflower

The High Points of Flat States

What started as a joke—visiting the highest point of otherwise flat states—has turned into a legitimate travel quest.

I now call it my Drivable State Summits tour for Lazy Highpointers.

Basically, these are the highest natural points in each state that are easy to get to, meaning you can nearly drive right on up to the USGS marker. Many people are on a quest to visit the high point of every state—including the toughest ones like Denali or Mt Rainier—and call themselves “highpointers.” This is a nod to their quest, but one that you can chuckle while you complete it.

Where I’ve been so far:

Mount Sunflower – Kansas

Panorama Point – Nebraska

Hawkeye Point – Iowa

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Timm’s Hill – Wisconsin

Mt Arvon – Michigan

Mt Cheaha – Alabama

Woodall Mountain – Mississippi

Taum Sauk Mountain – Missouri

Brasstown Bald – Georgia

Britton Hill – Florida

Campbell Hill – Ohio

Ebright Azimuth – Delaware

Mount Davis – Pennsylvania

High Point – New Jersey

Hoosier Hill – Indiana

Jerimoth Hill – Rhode Island

Mt Greylock – Massachusetts

Mt Washington – New Hampshire

Fort Reno – Washington, DC

Clingman’s Dome – Tennessee

(coming soon, no video however)

Summits left to complete

  1. Spruce Knob, WV
  2. Black Mountain, KY
  3. Mount Mitchell, NC
  4. Sassafras Mountain, SC
  5. Magazine Mountain, AR
  6. Charles Mound, IL

Summits that nearly qualify, but require a ~1 mile walk

  • Driskill Mountain, LA
  • Backbone Mountain, MD
  • Mount Mansfield, VT

2 thoughts on “The High Points of Flat States”

    1. I haven’t formalized the quest that way yet, but it’s on my list. I’d like to decide which ones “count” and which ones don’t, but just haven’t put in the time researching yet. I’m considering limiting it to high points that you can (basically) drive to. I guess as a westerner, I chuckle a bit at that…

      But even if I decide later to adopt the full highpointer quest, I’ll already be halfway there!

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