Special Report

The Highest Point in Every State

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21. Massachusetts
> Highest peak: Mount Greylock
> Elevation above sea level: 3,491 ft.
> Coordinates: 42.6° N, 73.2° W
> Value added in 2017 camping, hiking, boating, and hunting: $2.86 billion
> 2018 population: 6,902,149

Mount Greylock has a unique place in literary history. It has reportedly inspired writers like Herman Melville and Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was also a jurist. The mountain even serves as the school for American witches and wizards in J.K. Rowling’s original “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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22. Michigan
> Highest peak: Mount Arvon
> Elevation above sea level: 1,979 ft.
> Coordinates: 46.8° N, 88.2° W
> Value added in 2017 camping, hiking, boating, and hunting: $3.27 billion
> 2018 population: 9,995,915

Mount Arvon only recently claimed the title as the highest place in Michigan. For years, Mount Curwood was believed to be Michigan’s highest point, but a 1982 survey revealed that Arvon edged out Curwood by just under 1 foot.

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23. Minnesota
> Highest peak: Eagle Mountain
> Elevation above sea level: 2,301 ft.
> Coordinates: 47.9° N, 90.6° W
> Value added in 2017 camping, hiking, boating, and hunting: $3.64 billion
> 2018 population: 5,611,179

If you’re going to try to summit Eagle Mountain in Minnesota, be sure to double check your map before you go. There is another Eagle Mountain in Lutsen, Minnesota that is much shorter.

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24. Mississippi
> Highest peak: Woodall Mountain
> Elevation above sea level: 806 ft.
> Coordinates: 34.8° N, 88.2° W
> Value added in 2017 camping, hiking, boating, and hunting: $891.8 million
> 2018 population: 2,986,530

During the Civil War, Woodall Mountain provided Union forces with a huge tactical advantage. Soldiers used the mountain, then called Yow Hill, in the Battle of Iuka to rain down artillery on Confederate soldiers and drive them out of town.

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25. Missouri
> Highest peak: Taum Sauk Mountain
> Elevation above sea level: 1,772 ft.
> Coordinates: 37.6° N, 90.7° W
> Value added in 2017 camping, hiking, boating, and hunting: $2.28 billion
> 2018 population: 6,126,452

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park crosses paths with the Ozark Trail. It also features Mina Sauk Falls, which is the largest waterfall in Missouri as well.