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High Cliff State Park, Sherwood

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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 have been coming to this park for years. The campsites are large and the trails are beautiful. I'm always sad when it's time to go home at the end of our trip. 
  • We visited Oshkosh to meet our new grandbaby. While here we took a few hours to check out the park. Hope you're not afraid of heights because the view from the observation tower is absolutely gorgeous...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful and very clean park. Lots of hiking trails with breathtaking scenery. Nice beach area. 
  • 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!
  • Amazing State Park!! There is so much to do here, hiking, running, biking, boating, fishing, a beach, playgrounds, a tower to climb, historical sites, camping, and lots of great views. I really enjoy this park and it is a great place to visit for the day or camp for a few nights. There is even a camp store!!
  • Beautiful and interesting, but I agree better trail marking would help visitors of all types, especially where one trail intersects with another. One posted sign on the trail above the cliff didn't have 'you are here' marked, so we were very confused at one point.
  • Great trails that maybe need to be marked better but the layout makes it virtually impossible to get lost. Lots of shade and easy paths. Take your dogs and some poop bags...
  • Fantastic afternoon hiking with family. Easy and well maintained trail (Red Bird) and great views of the Lake! Kids and dog all happy hikers!
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