Driskill Mountain – Simsboro, Louisiana - Atlas Obscura

Driskill Mountain

Simsboro, Louisiana

The highest point in Louisiana, Driskill Mountain at 535 feet above sea level. 


The elevation-gifted Driskill Mountain sits in the forests in the northern part of the state, and is named after one of the first settlers in the area.

Hailing from Georgia, James Christopher Driskill and his family of nine children came to the area in 1859. Observant travelers will notice the Driskill name on many mailboxes on the roads in the area, and on some of the headstones of the cemetery of the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, the traditional starting point for the hike.

Logging is frequent in the forest, and the roads may change depending on the activity, but signs are posted for hikers to follow to reach the summit cairn and new kiosk one mile from the church.

Know Before You Go

From the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church parking lot on State Route 507, hike 1 mile along logging roads, following the signs, to the summit. Please do not follow the painted blue trail! It has been unfinished for years and will lead you onto private hunting land!

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