Alcovy Mountain

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Alcovy Mountain
Alcovy Mountain, Walton County, Georgia 02.JPG
Alcovy Mountain Topo
Elevation 1,070 ft (330 m) NGVD 29[1]
Location
Alcovy Mountain is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Alcovy Mountain
Alcovy Mountain
Walton County, Georgia, U.S.
Range Appalachian Mountains
Coordinates 33°43′57″N 83°44′41″W / 33.7326145°N 83.7446203°W / 33.7326145; -83.7446203Coordinates: 33°43′57″N 83°44′41″W / 33.7326145°N 83.7446203°W / 33.7326145; -83.7446203[2]
Topo map USGS Monroe

Alcovy Mountain is a monadnock in the state of Georgia similar to Kennesaw Mountain in the city of Marietta. It is located in Walton County just four miles south of the city of Monroe with a summit elevation of 1,070 ft (326 m). It is the highest point in Walton county, and the most southeastern mountain of significance of the Appalachians. The local terrain averages roughly 750 feet (230 m) AMSL. Alcovy (pronunciation: al-CO-vee) Mountain rises steeply from the banks of the Alcovy River which springs up farther north, in Gwinnett County.

View of Alcovy from the eastern, less prominent face

History[edit]

The name of Alcovy Mountain comes from the river that flows north to south directly west of the mountain. The native Muskogean Indians named the river "Ulcofauchatchie", meaning "a river among the bog potato", otherwise known as the pawpaw tree.[3] As different accented tongues of European immigrants settled in this area, "Alcovy" latter became the name. Although this river flows for over 50 miles until its confluence as a tributary of the Ocmulgee River, these lowland "bog potato" swamps only occur for less than a dozen miles around the mountain.[4] Today, like several other low mountains in the area, Alcovy is privately owned and access is prohibited. However, twenty miles West in southeast Atlanta are three other monadnocks that are protected. These mountains have large rock outcrops that have merited their conservation. They are Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain, and the world-famous Stone Mountain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alcovy Mountain, Georgia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Alcovy Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  3. ^ "A History of the Alcovy River and Greenway". Georgia Wildlife Federation. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Northeast Georgia Regional Commission". Negrdc.org. [dead link]