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