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Hoosier Hill is the highest natural point in the state of Indiana at 1,257 feet (383 m) above sea level.[3] It is in the rural area of Franklin Township, Wayne County to the northwest of Bethel. The nearest intersection to the high point is Elliot Road and County Line Road. The nearest major landmark is Interstate 70 and Richmond 11 miles (17.5 km) to the south.

Hoosier Hill
Hoosier Hill summit area.jpg
The "summit" of Hoosier Hill, the highest point in Indiana, June 2018.
Highest point
Elevation1,257 ft (383 m) [1]
Prominence297 ft (91 m) [2]
ListingU.S. state high point 44th
Coordinates40°00′04″N 84°50′55″W / 40.00111°N 84.84861°W / 40.00111; -84.84861Coordinates: 40°00′04″N 84°50′55″W / 40.00111°N 84.84861°W / 40.00111; -84.84861[1]
Hoosier Hill is located in Indiana
Hoosier Hill
Hoosier Hill
LocationWayne County, Indiana,
United States
Topo mapUSGS Spartanburg
Easiest routeDrive

The hill sits on private property; the high point sits in a forested area surrounded by farmland. In 2005, an Eagle Scout candidate named Kyle Cummings (Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky), in cooperation with the property owner, built a trail, sign and picnic area at the high point.[4]

Geologically, the hill sits in the Dearborn Upland, an area of high terrain in southeast Indiana that sits on top of the geologic structure known as the Cincinnati Arch. However, Hoosier Hill is located in a portion of the upland buried underneath glacial debris known as the Tipton Till Plain. As a result, while the average elevation of this upland region is 1100±100 feet above sea level, the topographic relief is gentle where the "hill" is no more than 30 feet higher than the surrounding landscape of gently rolling farmland. While the high topography seen at Brown County State Park, which sits in the Norman Upland in south central Indiana, can be mistaken to be a high point (where relief is 400–500 feet from valley to hilltop), the elevations of hilltops ranges from 800–1050 feet.

A.H. Marshall was the first person to successfully climb each U.S. state highpoint. He completed the task in 1936 after standing atop Hoosier Hill.[5]

According to the local government, the wooden sign with the words INDIANA'S HIGHEST POINT would frequently be stolen,[6] so in 2016 the wooden sign was permanently replaced by an engraved boulder.

Visitors at Hoosier Hill, the highest point in Indiana
The cairn in the center marks the highpoint.
Hoosier Hill, Indiana. The "summit" is in the grove. June 2018

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  1. ^ a b "Hoosier Hill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  2. ^ "Hoosier Hill, Indiana". Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  3. ^ "Pinnacle of Indiana in Wayne County". WayNet. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Kyle Cummings Eagle Project Transforms Indiana's Hoosier Hill". Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  5. ^ "First to climb 48 state high points, Arthur H. Marshall blazed a path that few choose to follow". Oregon Live. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  6. ^ "Example of stolen/replaced sign".

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