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Deadman Vista

As with many names, the origin of this one has been lost. One tale is of a dead man found on the mountain near this point. His identity and the circumstances of his death are not known. Another tale recounts the story of a horse thief who was caught and hung from an oak just east of here.

The overlook opens to a forested view of the Holson creek drainage. Three interpretive signs discuss cultural and natural features. Cavanal and Blue Mountains are in the distance. This is one of the best places to see the contrasting plant communities created on north and south facing slopes. The south facing slope are dominated by shortleaf pines and the north facing slopes are dominated by hardwoods (trees such as oaks and hickories that lose their leaves in the fall).