What is the highest point in Indiana?


If you’re driving north from Richmond, Indiana to Fountain City, a sharp-eyed driver will notice a simple green road sign with a white arrow and the words “Highest Point In Indiana.” The curious traveler will immediately abandon his destination and put on the turn signal to follow the signs.

A few bends ahead, located just past a dairy farm on a low rise in a small grove of trees, is Hoosier Hill – Indiana’s highest point. The elevation is 1,257 feet, according to a rock marking the spot.

“It’s located on Elliot Road, just south of the Wayne/Randolph county line,” says Ed Pollock, director of the Wayne County Resource Inventory Council, the group responsible for the site, which sits on private land.

To be honest, there’s not much to see from Indiana’s highest point. The location is in a grove of trees and features a fire ring, picnic table, bench placed by the Highpointers Foundation, and mailbox. Yes, a mailbox. It contains souvenir cards with information about the site and a logbook that visitors must sign.

Pollock says he collects the log from time to time and counts the visitors before finally sending it to the Highpointers Club to be archived.

“There are about 1,500 people a year who visit this site from all over the planet,” says Pollock. “Most are in the US, but I’ve seen people there from England, Germany, Japan, Australia…it’s everywhere and they keep coming.”

About 1,500 people from around the world visit the site each year, according to signatures on a register housed in this mailbox.

Pollock is unsure of when Indiana’s highest point was discovered. It may date back to 1936, when Arthur Harmon Marshall achieved his goal of visiting the highest point in every state, becoming the first person to do so. His journey began with Washington’s Mount Rainier on August 13, 1919 and ended with Hoosier Hill on July 13, 1936.

Anyway, Hoosier Hill became what it is today in 2005. A scout named Kyle Cummings turned the site into the destination of his Eagle Scout project.

It is clear that some people use the place as a place to gather and relax. Pollock says he tries to go out four or five times a month to check the logbook and tidy up the pitch. Although it’s not a major tourist attraction, he says it attracts visitors and their wallets, so it’s good for Richmond and Wayne County.

“It’s a Resource Inventory Council project and we’re proud it’s here,” he says, explaining why the site is so important to him. “I think we have an obligation to do community service at some point in our lives and I’d rather see people come and visit a site that’s halfway good.”

Where are the highest points in Ohio and Kentucky?

Now that you want to know more about the highest points in each state, you might be wondering about Ohio and Kentucky.

The highest point in Ohio is not too far. It’s in the western Ohio town of Bellefontaine, which makes sense when you consider it’s only a few miles from the Mad River Mountain ski area.

At 1,549 feet, Campbell Hill sits at a slightly higher elevation than Hoosier Hill. It is home to the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, a two-year career technical high school.

Our friend AH Marshall summited Campbell Hill on July 12, 1936, just a day before ending his quest at Hoosier Hill. He crossed the highest point in Kentucky a year earlier, on June 26, 1935.

In far southeast Kentucky, you’ll find Black Mountain – the undisputed winner of the Tri-States at 4,145 feet above sea level. The Commonwealth’s highest point is in Harlan County, near the border with Virginia, and is part of the Cumberland Mountains, which in turn are part of the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can walk a dirt road to the top.

Shawty got down, down, down, down…

If you’re fully invested in the ups and downs of geography – pun fully intentional – prepare to get wet. The lowest points in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky are all rivers.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Indiana’s lowest point (320 feet) is the Ohio River in Posey County – the southernmost, southwesternmost, and westernmost county. of State.

The Ohio River hits Ohio again, proving to be the lowest point in Buckeye State located in Hamilton County (455 feet). The Mighty Mississippi completes the group, marking Kentucky’s lowest point in Fulton County (257 feet).


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