Woodall Mountain

Woodall Mountain is the highest natural point in the state of Mississippi at 807 feet (246 m). It is located just off Mississippi Highway 25, south of Iuka in Tishomingo County in the northeast part of the state.

Woodall Mountain
Ball field below woodall mountain
Highest point
Elevation806 ft (246 m) [1]
Prominence296 ft (90 m) [2]
ListingU.S. state high point 47th
Coordinates34°47′16″N 88°14′30″W / 34.787739928°N 88.241629444°WCoordinates: 34°47′16″N 88°14′30″W / 34.787739928°N 88.241629444°W[1]
Parent rangeSouthwest Appalachian Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Iuka
Age of rockIn the Millions


Located in the northeast part of the state, Woodall Mountain is the highest natural point in the state of Mississippi at 807 feet (246 m). It was originally called Yow Hill.[3] The summit is marked with a National Geodetic Survey triangulation station disk and three radio towers. A sign cautions visitors to prepare for a steep, unpaved, and rocky inclined road approximately a mile in length to the summit.

Atop the hill there is a bench, a high point register, and a gravel circle allowing parking for several vehicles. A wooden observation tower was constructed in the 20th century atop the hill in the middle of the gravel circle. The tower deteriorated over time, with some steps rotting; it was torn down in 1998.


Yow Hill was the scene of fighting during the American Civil War. On September 19, 1862, the Battle of Iuka took place there. Union General William Rosecrans occupied the mountain and used it to launch artillery barrages on the town of Iuka, then under the control of General Sterling Price. The battle was a victory for the Union although Price avoided capture.[3]

Woodall Mountain Summit
Summit area of Woodall Mountain

The hill was renamed after Zephaniah Woodall, sheriff of Tishomingo County, who bought it and surrounding land in 1884.[3] Describing this hill as Woodall Mountain is often lampooned by locals. Some nearby stores sell souvenir T-shirts with the phrase "Ski Woodall".

Representation in popular culture

  • The Tupelo-based bluegrass band The Woodall Mountain Boys took their name from the mountain.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Knob Reset". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  2. ^ "Woodall Mountain, Mississippi". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c Howell, Elmo (1998). Mississippi Back Roads: Notes on Literature and History. Roscoe Langford. p. 140. ISBN 0962202665.

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Iuka, Mississippi

Iuka is the county seat of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, United States. Its population was 3,059 at the 2000 census. Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi, is located just south of Iuka.

List of U.S. states and territories by elevation

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The list of highest points in each state is important to the sport of highpointing, where enthusiasts attempt to visit the highest point in each of the contiguous 48 states, or in all 50 states, or in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the territories. As of 2006, 155 people had reached all fifty state highpoints. Roughly 200–300 people attend the Highpointers Club convention each year.All elevations in the table below have been adjusted to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. The mean elevation for each state is accurate to the nearest 100 ft (30 m).

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Mississippi ( (listen)) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd largest and 34th-most populous of the 50 United States. Mississippi is bordered to north by Tennessee, to the east by Alabama, to the south by the Gulf of Mexico, to the southwest by Louisiana, and to the northwest by Arkansas. Mississippi's western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson is both the state's capital and largest city. Greater Jackson, with an estimated population of 580,166 in 2018, is the most populous metropolitan area in Mississippi and the 95th-most populous in the United States.

On December 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state admitted to the Union. By 1860, Mississippi was the nation's top cotton producing state and enslaved persons accounted for 55% of the state population. Mississippi declared its secession from the Union on March 23, 1861, and was one of the seven original Confederate States. Following the Civil War, it was restored to the Union on February 23, 1870. Until the Great Migration of the 1930s, African Americans were a majority of Mississippi's population. Mississippi was the site of many prominent events during the American Civil Rights movement, including the 1962 Ole Miss riots, the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, and the 1964 Freedom Summer murders. Mississippi frequently ranks low among states in measures of health, education, poverty, and development. In 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi's population was African American, the highest percentage for any state.

Mississippi is almost entirely within the Gulf coastal plain, and generally consists of lowland plains and low hills. The northwest remainder of the state consists of the Mississippi Delta, a section of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Mississippi's highest point is Woodall Mountain at 807 feet (246 m) above sea level adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau; the lowest is the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate classification.

Tishomingo County, Mississippi

Tishomingo County is a county located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,593. Its county seat is Iuka.


Woodall may refer to:


John Woodall (1570–1643), English military surgeon.

John Woodall (b. 1949), English professional footballer.

Woodall Rodgers (1890–1961), attorney, businessman and mayor of Dallas.

Corbet Woodall (1929–1982), British newsreader for the BBC.

Al Woodall (b. 1945), American football player.

Ian Woodall (b. 1956), British mountaineer.

Derek Woodall, rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s for Castleford

Trinny Woodall (b. 1964), English fashion advisor and designer, television presenter and author.

Lee Woodall (b. 1969), American football player.

Rob Woodall (b. 1970), American politician.

John P. Woodall (1935–2016), British/American entomologist and virologistIn places:

Woodall, Oklahoma, United States

Woodall, South Yorkshire, England

Woodall Mountain, highest point in Mississippi, United StatesIn other uses:

Woodall number, a subset of natural numbers in mathematics

Woodall, Tindall, Hebden & Co (The Old Bank) of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, the smallest of the banks, which in 1896 merged to form Barclays

Highest natural points of U.S. states and selected additional areas
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