lived in florida from july 1985 to september 1998 been here in nov. 1993
August 27 2002, 2:32 AM
hi y'all , I now live back north in connecticut where we have many hills and a supposedly beautiful high point that so far I have not been to; but has public access. but for the 13 years that I lived down south in the otherwise flat to rolling at most state of FLORIDA in southwest orange county[ " orlando"] , having come from connecticut previously, I missed the hills and fall colors the most! anyway, one year I drove all the way north and west on both I-75 and I - 10 for 7-1/2 hours from orlando, got off at crestview, fla. and ended up in lakewood, fla. curious on what this highest hill was like. it had a view to the east of cotton fields but not too far of one, maybe at most 10 miles. but, being in mid november around veteran's day weekend, the change of color in both the red oaks, beeches,hickories, and maples did remind me of the fall foliage back in connecticut and new york. it was the best color south of say north carolina or atlanta GA areas! ; and I did not realize that FLORIDA HAD AUTUMN COLORS WHICH WERE THAT BRIGHT ! but while I am at it, florida flatlanders like me who are often former "yankees" who dislike the beach scene; here are two other florida hilltops of note.#1. the second highest hill on the entire florida peninsula[ south of the panhandle and tallahassee] check out sugarloaf mountain elevation 316 feet , just north of clermont and montverde in lake county, fla. ask any area bicyclist about this honey of a hill, they probally will know it well! it is located on sugarloaf mountain road just off of CR 561 and CR 561A . to get here, take US 27 north from clermont[ FL] and turn right onto CR 561. go north on CR 561, just past junction of CR 561A and about 1/2 mile north is SUGARLOAF MTN RD ON THE RIGHT. go right and you will climb about 0.62 miles of one of the steepest hills in florida. the adjoining properties are private and developed with executive country homes; but from the road on top[ elevation 312 ft. ] you will be able to see all of downtown orlando's skyline; 20 mile view to the southwest[ right] and all of lake apopka. good place to watch the space shuttle from 50 mile inland as well ! also check out BOK TOWER GARDENS IN LAKE WALES, FLORIDA. it is a private nature preserve just off of US route 27 and there is like a $5 admission charge. here lies IRON MOUNTAIN, ELEVATION 325 FEET, just a short easy hike uphill about a half mile and has a 10 mile view from the trail behind the carillion tower[ bell tower] well for all you former yankees looking for hills in FLORIDA, all that I can say is enjoy the views.
Crossed over the railroad tracks into Florida and drove past the highpoint at 45 mph. After slamming on the breaks, waking my wife from a slumber, and performing a state trooper U-turn we descended on the highpoint.
Not much here but the leftovers of teenagers partying and weary travelers littering. There was a nice article on highpointers.org. The headstone'ish marker was the nicest so far, at least there was no advertising on this "Summit" like in Texas.
The signage was nice and we were able to do it without oxygen and sherpas
I stopped at Lakewood Park (Britton Hill), the Highpoint of Florida at 345 feet, on Sunday, October 24th, 2004. It was my 28th state highpoint.
After spending a month in Florida I decided to see if I could add Florida to my list of completed highpoints on my drive home. Although I was slightly unprepared, in that I left my ice axe and crampons at home, I felt that I was ready to meet the challenge of Britton Hill. From Florala, AL I drove east on SR 54, following the directions provided in the Wingerís guidebook Highpoint Adventures. After driving 1 mile I turned right. As I drove south onto Florida SR 285 I noticed several large potholes in the roadway. The one in the southbound lane just north of the FL/AL state line was large enough to swallow a small vehicle. Approximately 1 mile south of SR 54 I noticed what appeared to be a park on my right. I probably would have missed it if I werenít looking for it. The Lakewood Park sign, alongside the roadway, was barely readable. It apparently had been blown over by Hurricane Ivan, or Charley or Jeanne.
I arrived at Lakewood Park at 4:10PM. It was clear and the temperature on my car thermometer read 85 humid degrees when I parked my car. I walked to the granite marker, which appeared to be in good shape. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the restrooms. Both restrooms were severely damaged by vandalism. The overhead lights in the ladies room were broken and pieces of glass covered the floor. The toilet was clogged and did not flush. The menís room was in worse shape. In fact the commode and everything else had been completely removed. I donít recall seeing a sink in either restroom. Surprisingly the bulletin board was in reasonably good condition. However as I stood there reading the newspaper articles about the highpoint, and the highpointers club pamphlet, I was attacked by one of the local mosquitoes. Luckily she was the only one. I believe this was the first time I encountered any mosquitoes at an actual highpoint. Iíve been lucky. Most of my highpointing has been done in the spring or fall.
I spent about 15 minutes at Lakewood Park before heading north to Montgomery, AL. I spent the night at the Motel 6 and headed to Woodall Mountain, MS the following day.
The family took a detour about 30 miles north on our way to Pensacola just so I could find this highpoint & log this virtual cache. (see geocaching.com)Found the monument quickly, enjoyed the view then we took a walk along the hiking trail. Park was nice. Hope to log more soon.
This is the last highpoint on my sweep through eight states. Driving about 238 miles from Cheaha Mountain to Britton Hill I was surprised that as I drove up to the Florida's highpoint I noticed a man there that I met on Mt. Rogers two days before (see Mt. Rogers post). We talked about how odd it was that we ended up at that highpoint at the same time. We took a few photos, wished each other well, and we were off. I would drive to and spend the night in Mobile before ending up in New orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Eight highpoints on this trip, a lot of driving but a very interesting experience. I plan to tackle some of the harder highpoints out west this summer/fall. Thanks for your interest.
Nice drive to Florida from Cheaha on the back roads of course.Thisis easy tofind and in a nice park with a good view also. Unfourtantely I could not find the USGS marker so no picture of that one. Not much else here so we headed to Brasstown Bald.
This has proven one of the more elusive HPs for me. I've been near it several times, but that was before I got into highpointing. My climbing partner and I ALMOST drove from Cheaha Mtn on a highpointing trip in December,2000. I tought about making the detour several years ago while returning to Asheville, NC from Tampa, FL--but an ICE STORM of all things pushed me to eastern seaboard route! Finally, my girlfriend and I took a winter trip to St. Auguastine and Tampa and bit the bullet, driving up the west coast to Tallahassee and on to Lakewood Park. It was well worth it! The site is really quite beautiful,with a gently rolling vista, a neat monument and nice little park.Cotton fibres blowing across the road made it seem really Southern.
The date and time was January 4,2012 at 11:46 am cst... damn almost twelve years to make the LOWEST HP!!!