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Along the Tower Hill trails learn about the ingenuity of folks who lived during the 19th century.

The trails at Tower Hill State Park provide scenic vistas along with a history lesson. From the camp and picnic grounds, a trail makes an exhausting ascent to the park's shot tower (180 feet elevation gain). The hike climbs above the scenic Mill Creek / Wisconsin River to the site where 19th century workers dropped "pig" down a shaft thus being forced into a spherical shape as it hit the water. A second trail explores a cliff's edge where views are provided from approximately 100 feet above the shaft's bottom. Descending to the bottom of the trail, you'll see where the workers gathered the "shot" then sorted it for river shipment or meltdown and another try at "shot." From the mouth of the tunnel, a trail explores the base of the cliff ascending a ridge then returning to the campground area.

Directions: From Spring Green, WI, Travel two miles south on Hwy. 23. Immediately south of the Wisconsin River bridge, turn left on County C. Proceed one mile to park entrance on left. Trails are accessible from the picnic and camping grounds.

Elevation: 900 feet

Elevation Gain: 180 feet

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Tower Hill State Park, Wisconsin

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