High Cliff State Park, Sherwood

#20 of 57 in Nature in Wisconsin
High Cliff State Park is a 1187acre Wisconsin state park near Sherwood, Wisconsin. It is the only state-owned recreation area located on Lake Winnebago. The park got its name from cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, a land formation east of the shore of Lake Winnebago that stretches north through northeast Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and Ontario to Niagara Falls and New York State.Activities and amenities Trails: Hiking trails include the.6mi limestone-surfaced Indian Mound Trail. The north shoreline of Lake Winnebago can be seen from a 40ft observation tower at the top of the escarpment. Various trails are available for biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The park also offers camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing, and hunting. A statue of Red Bird, the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) leader, overlooks the northeast end of Lake Winnebago.Effigy moundsThe effigy mounds at the top of the escarpment have led to a small part of the park being added to the National Register of Historic Places, listed as High Cliff Mounds. A trail meanders though six long-tailed mounds and several conical mounds. The group originally consisted of a bird and a mound that was most likely a bear. The mounds are consistent with other mound groups found at the peak of the Niagara Escarpment along the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago, including the Calumet County Park Group.
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  • This park is beautiful in the fall. There are trails along the lake shore and along the cliffs, and there is a tower that allows for viewing of the northern half of Lake Winnebago. This is a great pla...  more »
  • I didn't get a chance to see the whole park but did run some of the Little Kiln trial. It was a pretty trail, well groomed. A bit rocky to run as you get further in, but I'm not the bravest of trail r...  more »
  • My husband and I went on the Red Bird trail with our dog and 7 month old son. It was a nice 3+ mile hike. The trails themselves are well-maintained but aren't really well marked. We had to guess most ...  more »
  • I have been to a lot of state parks throughout the United States of America and this park has some of the best trails. I love walking right next to the edge of the cliffs. And there are a few natural spots to safely climb down the cliffs. When I was much younger I used to get my climbing gear on and scale some of the more difficult rock walls. Every year I come back to Wisconsin I always stop here to get pictures. I also enjoy the tower overlooking Lake Winnebago. Even though I have not been camping here I know that the camping facilities are very good. And when I lived up here I used to use the marina ramps and found they were at the perfect angle. The put in the new road to the upper section about 20 years ago and it makes getting up there much safer. We use to use the old road as a sledding hill in the winter. Overall this state park has everything you could ever need in a state park. Even the fishing is awesome. 5 out of 5 stars easily.
  • Fantastic family fun! We've been coming to High Cliff for 20 years and we've never had a bad experience. High Cliff is the best!!!!!
  • Great state park! Fantastic views and trails. Several long hiking trails, a few biking trails, and some equestrian trails. Giant viewing tower and bathroom facilities. Only reason it gets a 4 is because it is packed with people, many of which are not all that reserved or respectable.
  • You can. !!!! Climb. Walk. swim & fish. 😎 and best of all camp, hardshel. Popup. Or tent its. All good
  • Amazing views, waterfalls right now with the amount of rain, and it's only $8/day or $28/year (starts over in Jan).

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