|Distance||0.3 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
- Ascending the highest point in Ohio
- Learning some Cold War history from a marker at the top
Named for the original landowner Charles D. Campbell who owned this hill from 1896 to 1937, Campbell Hill is Ohio's highest point, standing at 1550 feet above sea level. What the highpoint lacks in impressiveness and views it makes up for with a solid monument and a general celebration of the place throughout the town of Bellefontaine, as evidenced by "hi-point" appearing in the names of many local establishments -- including the school that owns this property. Just under an hour from Ohio's biggest city, this spot is worth a visit for anyone aspiring to visit the U.S. state highpoints.
Campbell Hill is located on the property of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and is not always open to the public. To ensure access, the best time to visit is during the week during daylight hours, otherwise you may encounter a locked gate, as pictured below.
While there are no signs explicitly banning dogs, this is private property and it is best to leave your dog at home. The route to the top is fully wheelchair accessible via paved sidewalks and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. You can visit in any season; however, access is not guaranteed outside of school operating hours so plan accordingly or call ahead to ask them to leave the gate open for you. Visit the school's website at https://www.ohiohipoint.com/ for contact information.
From the Columbus area, take Interstate 270 to U.S. 33 heading west. In Bellefontaine, take the exit for Sandusky Avenue, then turn right. Shortly on the right, look for the entrance for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. Turn right to enter the gate and continue following the main drive until it dead-ends at the top of the hill.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are no publicly available facilities here.