Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 40.00040°N / 84.8504°W
Additional Information County: Wayne
Additional Information Elevation: 1257 ft / 383 m
Sign the Climber's Log


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Up a small hill in the American Heartland, you will find the high point of Indiana, Hoosier Hill. In a small township right on the Ohio border, rests a highpoint sign in the woods, that nobody would really know about or think about otherwise. Everything leading up to the point goes uphill to get there, but the highpoint area is basically flat. I wish to put up this site because summits are large and small, and sometimes a summit may be in the last place you Indiana. I also want to let highpointers know how to find this highpoint, tucked away in the farmland of Wayne County, Indiana. Everything basically goes downhill from Franklin Township. The actual highpoint is privately owned, but the owners are friendly to highpointers, and encourage visitors. I met them in the summer of 2001, and they showed me to the highpoint. They said that they have asked the state to provide a road sign, but they were not given one.

Things have changed dramatically for the better since the summer of 2001. Road signs now indicate the location of the highpoint. A Boy Scout named Kyle Cummings used his Eagle Scout merits by rebuilding the highpoint in May of 2005. There is now a gravel walkway, a bench, a picnic table, and a new sign. He even put up a bat house to attract bats to kill mosquitos (which normally plague the highpoint during the warm weather months).

Getting There

Hoosier Hill is about a mile from the Ohio border. From Indianapolis, Indiana take I-70 East until you get to Richmond, Indiana. Take route 227 North up to Franklin Township. Go about 10 miles, and then take a left on Bethel Road, follow it for about a mile, and then take a right on Elliot Road, and head north for almost a mile. There is the short trail to the top that is well marked.


Some may ask why anyone would want to travel to this remote area of the midwest farmland. Hoosier Hill certainly does not provide the best Indiana has to offer, but highpointing takes you places you would never think of going. Like a unique tour of America that few get to experience. Hoosier Hill is one of the few flatland highpoints, but it is accessible from I-70, a highway that goes from Baltimore to Central Utah, and is used by many to drive cross-country. For more information on highpointing, check out the Highpointers Club.

Red Tape

The private property is owned by Kim E. Goble
136 Sw 9th St,
Richmond, IN 47374-4012

It is open to the public, but never forget that as guests, we must be respectful, and to be friendly in all local establishments, not make too much noise, and clean up all our trash.

Outside of the winter months, bring bug spray due to mosquitos.

When To Climb

All year round


Richmond KOA offers camping in Wayne County.

Miscellaneous Info

This is not the only place to "summit" in Indiana.

Also check out Hoosier National Forest, near I-64 in Southern Indiana.

Check out Indiana Department of Natural Resources - State Parks and Reservoirs

There are some climbing areas in Northern Indiana approximately 50 miles from Chicago in a place called the Indiana Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. There are 10 trails totaling 16.5 miles pass over nearly 200-foot tall drifting mounds of sand.

For more information, call (219) 926-1952.

To get there from Chicago, take I-90 south, then east, into Indiana. Exit at Rte. 49 north for 2.6 miles until you reach the entrance to the state park.

External Links

  • Weather
    Weather for Richmond, Indiana
  • Highpoint page from WayNet - a nonprofit organization in Wayne County
    Website contains some information, photos and maps to Hoosier Hill.

    Additions and CorrectionsPost an Addition or Correction

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    Alpinist - Jun 13, 2007 12:04 pm - Voted 10/10

    Indiana State Parks

    Additional camping info can be found on the Indiana DNR website


    hgrapid - Jun 17, 2007 1:48 pm - Hasn't voted

    Re: Indiana State Parks

    Thanks. This is added.


    sm0421 - Jan 21, 2011 8:45 pm - Hasn't voted

    Sign Stolen

    As of Jan.18/2011, unfortunately the sign of Hoosier Hill has been stolen, on the top there is now a 'mail box' on the ground with Hoosier Hill postercards, climber log and pens in sealed plastic bags. Also a Timex watch left by a hiker. In addition, the sign for short off-road trail on Elliot road has been stolen, so you couln't tell when to stop to follow the short trail to the summit. It is about immediately when you turn to the gravel road and see an open field to your right. Thanks for maintaining the page hgrapid! Regards, Alex


    Colin - Aug 11, 2015 5:21 pm - Hasn't voted

    Sign Is Back

    I visited on 8/6/15. There is now a green sign by the short access road, but it is obscured by low hanging branches. I recommend you scout the area on Google Earth in advance so you'll know where to look. Once you've parked, walk 10 yards down the access road and look into the woods on your right. You'll see the high point installation, which is quite nice. Best of luck, Colin

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