Tower Hill and High Cliff State Park*

by Jonathon Ringdahl*
Tower Hill iimages a beautiful state park located in southwest Wisconsin. This park tells the tale of an old lead shot producing facility that is set amongst gorgeous scenery. Hikers can venture up to the top to see where the process starts and take in a spectacular view over the countryside. Lucky will be the traveler who perches upon this spot in the fall. Colorful trees will extend as far as the eye can see. The shot tower building details the story of the facility. Hiking down the hill will allow guests to see another step in the process. A final descent to the river allows one to see the end of the process all while enjoying beautiful levels of the forest. For those wishing for more time here, there is a campground. If you stay at Governor Dodge State Park, you are only a short drive from Tower Hill State Park. Come on over and check out Tower Hill State Park the next time you are passing by! You will be happy you did!
High Cliff State Park welcomes visitors with great views over Lake Winnebago. If the Limestone Cliffs do not giveimage you a high enough view of the lake, there is an observation tower to get you even higher! My dad and I enjoyed climbing its steps to take in a great view. Visitors can come to camp and explore this diverse park. There are effigy mounds and lime kiln ruins to learn about. The park also contains a marina. Bring your boat, canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board to play with while you are right next to Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful park and we know you will too!
***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s