Wooden Observation Tower atop Timms Hill, Highest Point in Wisconsin

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J. Stephen Conn on May 21, 2011

The geographical high points of many of the various states lie within State and National Parks; Wisconsin is the only state high point in a County Park. The 220 acre Timm's Hill County Park is on the site of an old logging camp, however the last time trees were harvested here was in 1944 and the woods have recovered nicely. Today things are very peaceful and quiet here in the far North Woods of Wisconsin.

A winding gravel road leads through the park. but the summit, 1,951feet above sea level, is attained only by walking. An easy wood-chip trail takes you to an 88-foot wooden observation tower at the high point. From the top of the tower you can see in all directions, 30 miles or more of rolling hills forested with northern hardwoods and 6 lakes tucked between them. Woolly Mammouths once roamed these hills, and today there is still an abundance of wildlife with minimal human intrusion. While standing here and drinking in the view, contemplate that you are very near the 45th parallel - half way between the equator and the north pole.

This is a great place for hiking and cross-country skiing. Hiking trails within the park connect with the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail, a State and National Scenic Trail which goes all around the state of Wisconsin. Winters are cold and snowy here; summers are pleasant. When I was at Timms Hill on an early-October morning the air was crisp and clean and the autumn foilage was spectacular.

Directions: Timm's Hill County Park is In Price County, about 23 miles west of the tiny town of Tomahawk, and 5 miles east of the even smaller town of Ogema, just off WI-86.

J. Stephen Conn on May 21, 2011

The geographical high points of many of the various states lie within State and National Parks; Wisconsin is the only state high point in a County Park. The 220 acre Timm's Hill County Park is on the site of an old logging camp, however the last time trees were harvested here was in 1944 and the woods have recovered nicely. Today things are very peaceful and quiet here in the far North Woods of Wisconsin.

A winding gravel road leads through the park. but the summit, 1,951feet above sea level, is attained only by walking. An easy wood-chip trail takes you to an 88-foot wooden observation tower at the high point. From the top of the tower you can see in all directions, 30 miles or more of rolling hills forested with northern hardwoods and 6 lakes tucked between them. Woolly Mammouths once roamed these hills, and today there is still an abundance of wildlife with minimal human intrusion. While standing here and drinking in the view, contemplate that you are very near the 45th parallel - half way between the equator and the north pole.

This is a great place for hiking and cross-country skiing. Hiking trails within the park connect with the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail, a State and National Scenic Trail which goes all around the state of Wisconsin. Winters are cold and snowy here; summers are pleasant. When I was at Timms Hill on an early-October morning the air was crisp and clean and the autumn foilage was spectacular.

Directions: Timm's Hill County Park is In Price County, about 23 miles west of the tiny town of Tomahawk, and 5 miles east of the even smaller town of Ogema, just off WI-86.

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