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“Picnic, hike, enjoy!”

High Cliff State Park
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Sherwood
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Richfield, Wisconsin
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133 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Picnic, hike, enjoy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

What do you do on your way home from Door County, when you'd like to get in just one more hike? My husband had seen the sign for High Cliff State Park while returning from business in the Green Bay area. As it was on our way home, we decided to pick up some sandwiches, enjoy a picnic lunch, and take a hike along the escarpment trail overlooking Lake Winnebago. What a great decision! After enjoying lunch, we sadled up (leashed) our dogs and headed toward the Chief Red Bird trail. The trail is fairly well groomed, although, following the abundance of rain the previous week, there were plenty of muddy stretches to traverse around. A little mud never hurt anyone! We enjoyed the trail which is about 3+ miles, round trip. On the trail, you can get views of Lake Winnebago, the beautiful escarpments that line the trail, and you enjoy walking on nature's pavement (limestone). Although it was a quite humid day in the mid-70's, we encountered no bugs. There are several benches on which one can rest and enjoy views of Lake WInnebago. In addition to other hikers, visitors were enjoying biking on the trail. The park has a pavilion that one can rest, along with restrooms and picnic areas. There is an interesting statue of Chief Red Bird at the beginning of the Chief Red Bird trail, and it includes historical information. There are other parts of the park that we didn't explore, including the marina. Getting to the park includes an interesting (and unexpected) route through a residential area. Looking for a walk in the park? Head to High Cliff State Park for a wonderful outdoor experience!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank divaw0rld
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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109 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

Was at the park for a triathlon my son was doing. We had plenty of free time so got to explore the park. The beach area was really nice, good bath house and restrooms. The boat landing was very nice, plenty of room for the big boats used on the lake. Nice hiking trails and really nice views.

Visited June 2014
Thank Dale S
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Portage, MI
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What a beautiful place for a wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was my first trip to High Cliff State Park for my nephew's wedding. The festivities stretched out over two days and could not have been more perfect. As a photographer doing photos was a joy, there is not a bad shot in the whole place! This place is for everyone that loves the outdoors, trails for hiking, biking and the big beautiful lake for boating and water lovers. I highly recommend this beautiful place!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Cathie B
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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

High Cliff State Park has many opportunities to enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. With plenty of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding (with your own horse) in the summer; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking in the winter, there's always something to do. The scenery is awesome, overlooking Lake Winnebago and the Fox Valley. Park staff are very friendly. Its one of my favorite places to be!

Visited April 2014
Thank Deb S
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Zoetermeer, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Who needs power when we've got a tower?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Literally a highlight from my visit to the beautiful Heigh Cliff State Park was the view from the tower. Someone has been carving there in the railing the words: "Who needs power when we've got a tower" and I can agree on that totally.
Beautiful Autumn colors.

Despite the shutdown this park was open when I was there in the beginning of October 2013. Only minor complaint is that the bathrooms were all locked :S

The park is great for a picnic at the shore of Lake Winebago and walking the various trails. The ruins of the Kilney are a historical monument but even more the statue of Red Bird, chief of the Winnebago's.

I definitely want to go again to this place.

Visited October 2013
Thank Debby R
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