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Campbell Hill

 
Campbell Hill

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Ohio, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.36970°N / 83.7206°W

Object Title: Campbell Hill

County: Logan

Elevation: 1550 ft / 472 m

 

Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: May 24, 2005 / Jun 15, 2012

Object ID: 154109

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Page Score: 88.94%  - 29 Votes 

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Overview

Campbell Hill is the highest point in the State of Ohio. Located not in the more mountainous areas in southeast Ohio, it instead is a highpoint among relatively flat farmland. It is certainly not the most exciting state highpoint to visit, but the town of Bellefontaine still celebrates their status as being at the top of the Buckeye State. There is a Hi Point Church across the road from the Hi Points Vocational School where you will find the hill.

as you can tell
The top of Ohio


Campbell Hill rises 300 feet from the surrounding area, but has such a large width, that the rise in elevation is not evident from any reasonable vantage point.

Campbell Hill is a little under 2 hours drive from Hoosier Hill, the highpoint of Indiana. Both of these high points are flat.


Ohio is generally a flat state. It stands in stark contrast to its Eastern neighbors, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, both of which are rather mountainous. I am not saying that all of Ohio is flat. There are some hills throughout the state. However, the highest hill is unfortunately in a developed town and not in a forest or an area with great hiking trails. Like Indiana, Ohio is part of the Great American Midwest; marked by farmland, rivers, and rolling plains.
See this site for more information on Ohio Geography.

Regardless of its height and location, Ohio's highest point remains a special place, visited by many highpointers and other interested parties, and the town is proud to hold that distinction.

Getting There

Campbell Hill is on state maps near Bellefontaine. From Columbus, take HWY 33 to Bellefontaine (about 40 miles away). Exit HWY 33 at the route 540 exit, take a right, and about a 1/2 mile down the road you will find a school on the right side of the road. You get to the parking area after you see the big career center sign, and then turn right into the school campus.

The high point is visible from the road. Find a parking spot at the school and and walk up the hill. The highest point is clearly marked, and there is at the sign at the top of the hill.

Red Tape

Campbell Hill is open Monday through Friday 6:30am-10:00pm. It is also open on Saturdays all year round from 6:30am - 3:00pm. Call (937) 599-3010 in advance to make arrangements for access on Sundays (see link page). It is much easier to just go during a Saturday or Weekday during mid-day.

There are two gates with entry to the property. If the main gate is closed, a small person-only gate is found to the left of the main (drivable) gate. It is open to the public more often than not, regardless if the main gate is closed/ locked. If arriving outside of the "normal" operating hours, climbers should call the school's number, listed above, to verify the person-only gate will still be open.

When To Climb

The highpoint is open all year...See Red Tape

Other Hiking in Ohio

Not Satisfied with just reaching Campbell Hill on your trip to Ohio? Click on these links for more information about hiking in the Buckeye State.

The Buckeye Trail

Other trails in the State

External Links

  • Weather
    Weather Report for Bellefontaine, Ohio

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AlpinistAccessible Hours

Alpinist

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Campbell Hill is now open on Saturdays all year round from 7am - 7pm. Call (937) 599-3010 in advance to make arrangements for access on Sundays.
Posted Jul 13, 2007 9:14 am
hgrapidThank you

hgrapid

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Thanks for the update. Added.
Posted Jul 13, 2007 4:06 pm
RedwicThere are two gates...

Redwic

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A small person-only gate is found to the left of the main (drivable) gate. It is open to the public more often than not, regardless if the main gate is closed/ locked. If arriving outside of the "normal" operating hours, climbers should call the school's number provided on this website (937-599-3010) in advance, to verify the person-only gate will still be open.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 12:09 pm
hgrapidRe: There are two gates...

hgrapid

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How is this different or add to what I already note on the website? Am I missing something in the Red Tape section that would confuse people?
Posted Jul 7, 2008 4:14 pm
RedwicRe: There are two gates...

Redwic

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It's worth mentioning there are actually two gates, one specifically for walk-ins only, so that a highpointer doesn't get upset or worried if the main (drivable) gate is closed.



In example, I called in advance of this past weekend. The main gate was supposed to be open on Saturday, but wasn't. Nobody was around. At least when I called/ double-checked in advance, the school just happened to also mention the walk-in only gate. This HP Summitpost page did not reference it, and the walk-in gate is not immediately noticeable. I think the walk-in only gate (to the left of the main gate) should be mentioned, just in case of a situation like what I had (where things were supposed to be a certain way but ended up differently).
Posted Jul 7, 2008 8:56 pm
hgrapidRe: There are two gates...

hgrapid

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Okay, thanks
Posted Jul 7, 2008 9:36 pm
sm0421Time and parking

sm0421

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It's about 86 miles from camp hill to Hoosier, I had a plane to catch and i was driving extremely fast and passing any car i can on country road. I drove almost 80 when i can. It took me an hour and half to get to Hoosier. So i think it should take a regular person about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours, instead of the 'a little over an hour ' on the page.



Also the parking area is after you see the big career center sign, turn right into the school campus.
Posted Jan 20, 2011 5:58 pm
sm0421thanks!

sm0421

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hgrapid,



Thank you for the updates on the Campbell Hill page, I spent so much time reading this page, thanks for the effort maintaining it for future highpointers...



Warm Regards,

Alex
Posted Jan 21, 2011 8:52 pm

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