Explore 1,100 Acres Of Unparalleled Views Of Lake Winnebago On The Scenic Lime Kiln Trail In Wisconsin
Just south of Appleton, you’ll find a state park that offers some of the most dramatic views in Northeast Wisconsin. High Cliff State Park is a natural treasure along Lake Winnebago, home to beautiful forests, towering cliffs and open prairies.
A century ago, this scene was a little less tranquil. Teams of workers used dynamite to blast pieces of rock from quarries at the top of the cliff. They then used massive furnaces to transform the rock into lime, which was used for things like plaster and cement.
The land here was part of a mining operation for about a century but in 1956 a mining company sold the land to the state of Wisconsin to create an 1,100-acre state park. Today, the Lime Kiln Trail will take you to some incredible Lake Winnebago vistas and through a bit of the park’s fascinating mining history.
The Lime Kiln Trail can be hiked all year, but the trail can get icy in the winter. On warmer days, you may want to visit the beach and picnic area – it’s not far from where the trail ends. Wisconsin state parks and forests have a lot of incredible hiking trails. If you haven’t hiked the Star Lake Nature Trail, you should also put it on your list.