High Cliff State Park Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Here’s a state park with a lot to oﬀer: the state’s largest internal lake with a beach and marina, a stellar long view of the surrounding counties, easy and challenging hikes, American Indian history, and a story of the big geology of North America. Welcome to High Cliﬀ! The name is the centerpiece of the rock story. The exposed ledges at the top of this bluﬀ overlooking Lake Winnebago are the westernmost reaches of the Niagara Escarpment. It’s hard to imagine, but at one time this entire ledge was nearly deforested by a limekiln operation.
The rock was quarried, crushed, and kilned right here before being shipped oﬀ for roads, construction, and agricultural purposes. You can still see ruins of the industrial site, as well as the quarrying and deposits, along one of the hiking trails. The lime production ceased in 1956, and the aﬃliated 19th-century general store is now an interpretive center and museum."