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Although Kentucky is one of the most beautiful states in the union, its highpoint is not. Black Mountain, at 4,145 feet above sea level, is located in far eastern KY right on the border of Virginia, it is covered with trash, rusted metal, and radio towers support equipment. There is even a large FAA tracking station nearby, whose armed guard was quite surprised to see a visitor to this remote dirt road.

In some way the condition of the highpoint reflects the gritty reality of this area. The surrounding countryside is being stripped bare for the rich coal veins that lay under the surface. If you have a moment do a quick Goggle search on mountaintop removal and find out more about this environmental nightmare. I told myself I would arrange a cleanup effort for the state I currently called home, but unfortunately have not yet done so.

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Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint

 

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