Last Updated: Mar 2022
Minimum Rating: H3/P3
Site Direction: NW
Flyable Directions: NNW to WSW
Glide Slope to main LZ: about 5.2:1
Type of Launch: Grassy steep slope in medium slot
Type of LZ: Grass field
Soarable: Ridge, thermal
Location: Site is sensitive, see point of contact for location and directions
Turnaround: Time: 40 Min drive
Parking at launch: Restricted
Parking at launch: Parking at landing zone is restricted and access is frequently locked
Owner Launch: Greg & Ann Beyer
Owner LZ: County of Allegany MD
Setup/Breakdown: launch limited to four hang gliders/LZ unlimited
Disclaimer: Because of the sensitive nature of the site, this site guide is non-inclusive. Keys for obtaining access to the site and specific information concerning how to fly the site should be acquired via an officer of the Mountaineer Hang Gliding Association.
WARNING: The descriptions of typical flying conditions listed in this site guide reflect the experience of the authors of the guide. The conditions that you encounter at the site may differ, sometimes substantially, from those encountered by the authors. The descriptions of their experiences may not be relevant to the likely experience of any other pilot, particularly one who is relatively inexperienced or new to the site.
A decision to launch is always that of the individual pilot. When deciding whether or not to fly, a pilot may wish to take into account the descriptions in this site guide but must also consider numerous other factors including the pilot's training and experience, familiarity with the site, equipment, physical and mental condition and the specific weather conditions in existence at the time of the decision along with what the conditions may change to.
● USHPA membership required.
● Note that Mountaineer club membership is required to fly the site.
● Seek a site introduction from the designated point of contact. Walk the LZ to be sure you understand the obstacles and preferred landing approach.
● Ball up your glider and move off the LZ as soon as possible. Particularly if there are Hang Gliders flying that day, but it is a good practice every time.
● Be aware of severe sink if the wind is parallel to the ridge.
● Allegany County Department of Emergency Services (304) 876-9155
● Ridgeley, WV Volunteer Fire Department (304)788-8888
Because of landowner issues, the High Point hang gliding and paragliding site is extremely sensitive. Anybody visiting pilot that approaches the site without a Mountaineer Hang Gliding Association officer to serve as a guide will risk arrest or confrontation for trespassing. The main point of contact to gain access to the site is:
13818 Florida Ave.,
Cresaptown, MD 21502
The High Point hang gliding and paragliding site is located atop the Allegheny ridge. The site is accessed via a private dirt road. Due to landowner concerns, a known site guide will need to provide access to the launch. To access the site, a four-wheel drive vehicle is needed.
Before the first flight, new or visiting pilots must be a member of the Mountaineer Hang Gliding Association.
The High Point Launch faces NW and is flyable from WSW to NNW wind directions. Thermal activity can be present starting mid-day. This site is acceptable for pilots with either a H3 or P3 rating and have sufficient experience with thermic conditions. A H3 and or P3 rating is required because of the significant glide restricted landing zone.
The normal wind speeds for flyable days are between 4 to 15 mph. Hang gliders may fly the site on days when the wind on launch gusts up to no more than 20 mph. The site allows for both ridge soaring and thermalling. Weak gusts of up to 14 mph may exist as mild thermals pass through. Flying is not recommended if gusts are higher than 10 mph differential.
Launch can be very turbulent on a North or South cross due to the spine on both sides of launch.
The launch is surrounded by tall trees and is considered typical of an East Coast slot launch.
The LZ is restricted and may contain automobile traffic. When approaching the LZ, a standard airport approach landing is recommended. When landing, beware of traffic that may be driving through the LZ. Remember that, automobile drivers are not used to looking up and will probably not see you on your approach. For paragliders, the landing zone may not be within glide of launch if a pilot does not encounter lifting air.
The site is on private property and is typically devoid of spectators. As a result, spectators do not conflict with pilots.
Pilots are advised to have out of the launch site when not launching. Space is available for only one to launch at the site.
At the LZ the pilots should take their wing out of the landing zone as soon as they land.
You may have to set up on either the North Side or the South side of the field depending on the wind direction. If landing from the North, baseball field lighting may present an obstruction and will need to be avoided.