Driskill Mountain

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Driskill Mountain
Driskill Mountain Summit.JPG
Driskill Mountain Summit, May 2011
Highest point
Elevation535 ft (163 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Prominence225 ft (69 m) [1]
ListingU.S. state high point 48th
Coordinates32°25′29″N 92°53′51″W / 32.4245981°N 92.8973794°W / 32.4245981; -92.8973794Coordinates: 32°25′29″N 92°53′51″W / 32.4245981°N 92.8973794°W / 32.4245981; -92.8973794[2]
Driskill Mountain is located in Louisiana
Driskill Mountain
Driskill Mountain
Driskill Mountain is located in the United States
Driskill Mountain
Driskill Mountain
Driskill Mountain (the United States)
Easiest routeHike
Location of logbook at top of Mount Driskill, May 2009

Driskill Mountain (also referred to as Mount Driskill) is the highest natural summit in Louisiana, with an elevation of 535 feet (163 m) above sea level.[3] It lies about 5.3 miles (8.5 km) southeast of Bryceland, in Bienville Parish. A large pile of rocks marks the high point.


Driskill Mountain is a landform created by the erosion of unlithified Paleogene sediment, its summit consists of nonmarine quartz sands of the Cockfield Formation. These sands overlie shallow marine and coastal clays, silts, and sands of the Cook Mountain Formation, which form the bulk of Driskill Mountain.[3]

Mountaintop flora include wild azalea and dogwood.[4]


James Christopher Driskill, the person for whom Driskill Mountain was named, was born in Henry County, Georgia, on June 27, 1817. In 1840, he married the former Eugenia Irwin Walker. In October 1859, Driskill sold his land in Troup County, Georgia, and moved his family, which by then consisted of his wife, eight boys, and one girl, to Louisiana. By December 1859, Driskill had purchased in Louisiana 324 acres (1.31 km2), which included Driskill Mountain. During the American Civil War, Driskill served in the Home Guard, his eldest son, William B. Driskill, was killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia on May 5, 1864. Another one of his sons, James B. Driskill, disappeared after he had left Louisiana to fight in the Civil War. Except for one son and daughter, Driskill's family remained in Bienville Parish, and his descendants still live in the area.[3]

Jimmie Davis and his band played You Are My Sunshine at the summit. Davis became governor of Louisiana just five years after the performance and the song became the state song of Louisiana.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Driskill Mountain, Louisiana". Peakbagger.com.
  2. ^ "Driskill Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b c Heinrich, P. V. (2001). Louisiana Geofacts PDF version, 1.6 MB Public Information Series 6, Louisiana Geological Survey.
  4. ^ a b Hillgartner, Meredith (Dec 20, 2015). "Louisiana's highest point, Driskill Mountain". KTBS.

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