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High Cliff State Park, Sherwood

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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Visited here on the first weekend in June where you get into the park for free every year. I haven't visited High Cliff State Park in almost twenty years and never knew how little I explored of it!! I...  more »
  • Very nice park with lots of room for parking in different locations. We just went for a picnic and short walk.  more »
  • Breath taking views of Lake Winnebago. Great place for hikers as well as families. Flat short trails with plenty of "finds" to keep kids interested as well as more challenging trails for those who wan...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Love this place! Best park in the greater Fox Valley Area! Wonderful hiking/biking with a variety of trails to choose from. Beach area to swim as well as many jungle gyms for the kiddos. Restrooms and a historic general store are a plus too!
  • I have been going to this park since I was a small child. Last weekend, I took my wife and small child for a hike and unfortunately found the trails to be over-ran with intimidating and sketchy big-breed dogs whose owners obviously had ZERO control over them. A few times we were basically caught in the middle of literal dog fight and had to scramble off of the trail to escape potential injury with our toddler. I gave the two stars because it was a cool park like 15-20 years ago. Now it's just a giant yuppy's dog-park with a subdivision for a view.
  • This is a great state park for those who are interested in spending the day or camping without getting lost and feeling overwhelmed by all that there is to do.