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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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  • We visited the park last Saturday and even though it was a cool wind, the hiking experience was great. Our family group of nine individuals hiked for almost two hours around the top of the park. The p...  more »
  • I was there when there was still snow and no leafs on the trees, and thought the place was very, very beautiful... can't wait to visit again in the other seasons.  more »
  • The views of Lake Winnebago are outstanding on the bluff. The state has built a tower to optimize these views. Bike and hiking trails are a must throughout the park. Much to see and especially in wint...  more »
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  • Was suprised for being October 15th and the campground is almost full. Was expecting to be camping almost by ourselves....but not the case. Boondocking was our only option but enjoying our stay anyway. We were prepared for this. Kids are enjoying the fall weather....birthday party going on in the campground next to us (noise of kids would normally bother me but not this...just joyous laughter). First time actually camping here and second time to park. Campsites are wooded and spacious. Very nice hiking trails with beautiful ledges. Find this camping experiance to be very enjoyable. Found out they have winter camping too....something we enjoy greatly but the group campground that stays cleared in winter has no power. I like heat when it's 20 degrees out. Park was a winning destination.
  • Stunning views of Lake Winnebago, beautiful opportunities to take pictures... Watch the ground while you walk the trails. Lose stones can make your way hazardous, and are often hidden by leaf litter.
  • Love this state park. Its one of my favorite places. Great marina for boat launch, nice campgrounds, great trail system and views of Lake Winnebago. Just with the Governor and Legislator hadn't cut funding for the state park system!
  • Had a great hike! Spectacular view of the Lake Winnebago!
  • Lime kiln ruins are a very unique part of Winnebago history. Evidence of the lime business can be seen through the park