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High Cliff State Park 'Mini Canyon-1' © John Plemel
Just a great view of a passageway on the edge of the cliff near the burial mound.
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High Cliff State Park
High Cliff State Park
HIGH CLIFF STATE PARK
HIGH CLIFF STATE PARK
N7630 State Park Rd.
Sherwood, Wisconsin   54169

Phone: 920-989-1106
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High Cliff State Park
'Mini Canyon-1'

Just a great view of a passageway on the edge of the cliff near the burial mound.

High Cliff State Park
'Goldfinch'
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High Cliff State Park
'The Lake'

Another view of Lake Winnebago.

High Cliff State Park
'Mound trail'

This is one of the first sights you will see when you enter the forest on your way to the Effigy mounds.

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park
'Near conical mound'

A beautiful picture of the forest and moss covered rocks behind the first conical mound.

High Cliff State Park
'Deer'

As I was leaving the Effigy mound area I ran into a mother deer and her two kids. The mother came within 20 feet of me, she was very curious.

High Cliff State Park
'Pathway'

Looks like a pathway through the edge of the cliff. I wonder if it was used as a passageway at one time.

High Cliff State Park
'Mini Canyon-2'

Another view of the same passageway.

High Cliff State Park
'Blue Heron'
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High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park
'Inside the passage'

Looking out from inside one of the passages through the rock near the burial mounds.

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park has a marina, historic sites, a campground, picnic areas and shelters, a beach, watchable wildlife, an observation tower, and play areas. Many facilities including a specially-designed cabin, are accessible for people with disabilities.

High Cliff gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. This ledge extends northeasterly to the Door County peninsula and on to Niagara Falls, New York.

A 125-acre area within the 1,147-acre park is designated as a state natural area, recognizing its excellent cliff environments, an undisturbed wet-mesic forest, and more than a mile of Lake Winnebago shoreline. Effigy mounds are important archaeological features.
History of the Area
The Niagara Escarpment, often called "the ledge," was formed by the settling and hardening of limy ooze at the bottom of the Silurian Sea, which covered much of Wisconsin nearly 400 million years ago. Later, the flat-lying dolomite was tilted downward to the southeast by earth forces, leaving its higher western edge exposed at the earth's surface.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 years ago, nomadic Siouan Indians built effigy mounds in what is now the park. There are four panther-shaped mounds, two buffalo-shaped mounds, conical mounds, and a linear mound.

As long ago as the 1880s, this area was noted for its breathtaking views of Lake Winnebago.

From 1895 to 1956, a limestone quarry and a kiln to extract the lime from the stone operated here. Workers drilled holes in the stone and used dynamite to blast it loose. The lime extracted in the kiln was sent throughout the Midwest for use in plaster and cement and to apply to soil to reduce acidity. Other limestone from the quarry was used for brick mortar and crushed into gravel. Horses pulled dump wagons of limestone to an area above the kiln until 1946, when they were replaced by a dump truck.

As many as 40 people worked at the operation, including drillers, a blasting specialist, stone crushers, teamsters, barrel makers, laborers, and a blacksmith. Many were recent immigrants from Hungary. In its heyday, the lime industry supported a small "company town" consisting of 16 houses for workers, a store (including a post office, telegraph office, and company office), and a tavern, all owned by the Western Lime and Cement Co.

The state bought the land in 1956 and opened the park in 1957.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
High Cliff State Park has 112 regular (family) campsites, 32 of them with electric hookups, and eight group sites. New for 2005, the park also has a specially-designed accessible cabin for people with disabilities.

Firewood is available at the park wood yard. Most necessities can be purchase at the Marina Concession, the High Cliff General Store Museum, and local merchants near the park. There are coin-operated laundries in Hilbert and Stockbridge.

Select your campsite and register at the park office before setting up. During the off season, use the self-registration station.


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Picnicking
High Cliff has four picnic areas with tables, grills, water, and rest rooms. Three open-air shelters and an enclosed pavilion may be reserved for a fee.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 5 Less trails by Ron M
Great park, but there were horses everywhere.
April 11 Horseback riding at High Cliff State Par by Irene Petrik
The park is doing a great dis-service by not opening the park to trail riding for horses before May 1, 2010. This year spring is early and Hartman Creek and N. Kettle Moraine IS open.
April 1 overnight camping for me and my horse by roxie bredael
I live 2 hours away. riding and then being able to sleep overnight would be great.
March 22 Overnight horse camping and more trails! by Linda Rue
I love riding at High Cliff with my horses and wish there were more trails and overnight camping for my friends who travel to ride there. Overnight camping with horses would be a perfect fit!
March 11 More Horse Trails! by Julie
Please add more trails for horse use. Multi-use is ok too!
March 3 Good day ride. by S. Schad
Currently High Cliff is a good day ride destination. More trails, or overlap with some of the hiking trails, would be even better. I am also an avid snowmobiler, so why not more snowmobile trails (winter) and horse trails (summer) like in the Kettles?
March 3 Great park!
Would love to see more horse trails! Overnight camping for horses would be great too.
February 28 Horse camping by horseownerinWI
Nothing beats being able to camp with our horses. Considering the distance we travel to ride here, it would be great to over-night it.


Area Campgrounds
Hickory Oaks Campground
3485 Vinland Road
Oshkosh, WI
920-235-8076
Apple Creek Campground
3831 County Road U
De Pere, WI
920-532-0132
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Directions
High Cliff State Park is 9 miles east of Menasha on State Highway 114. (From Menasha, Highway 114 starts as US Highway 10 and branches off to the southeast.) Turn south off Highway 114 at Pigeon Road and go about 1.6 miles to the State Park Road. Turn left (east) on State Park Road to the park entrance.

To reach the park from the south, take US Highway 151 north from Fond du Lac about 18 miles. Continue north on Wisconsin Highway 55 to Sherwood. Turn left (west) on State Highway 55/114. Stay on Highway 114 for about 2 miles to Pigeon Road. Turn left (south) on Pigeon Road and go about 1.6 miles to the State Park Road. Turn left (east) on State Park Road to the park entrances.

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High Cliff State Park
High Cliff State Park