I like to say that highpointing is for everyone, but this list was inspired by my friend Brooke who asked, “What about people who don’t like high places?”
That’s a good question! US state highpoints aren’t all purple mountain majesties, in fact quite a few are low elevation wonders! So I compiled a list of the top ten state highpoints for people who just don’t have the head for heights
Before we dive in to the list, here is an honorable mention.
Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouri (Elevation – 1772 ft./ Prominence – 512 ft.)
While the walk to the highpoint from the parking lot is almost as flat as a pancake there are a few spots on the drive up that could give pause for those who don’t care for elevation, and for that reason it didn’t quite make the list. Click to check out the Taum Sauk episode!
Now on with the list!
10. Campbell Hill, Ohio (Elevation – 1549 ft./ Prominence – 639 ft.)
It may be the most “manicured” highpoint in the country. It is also the most prominent highpoint on this list. But never fear, the climb into thick air on the front side is across a well-cared for lawn. If that’s too much, then just drive up to the back and walk down a short side walk to the benchmark. Click to check out the Campbell Hill episode!
9. Driskill Mountain, Louisiana (Elevation – 535 ft./ Prominence – 225 ft.)
It’s the lowest state highpoint in the country that calls itself a mountain and it stretches the definition of the word mountain. You know you are going up something on the hike to the top, but don’t expect any scenic views at the summit other than Louisiana forest. Click to check out the Driskill Mountain episode!
8. Charles Mound, Illinois (Elevation – 1235 ft./ Prominence – 95 ft.)
Pastoral is the word that comes to mind here and this highpoint delights in its relaxed atmosphere. Check before you go though, access is exclusive with the highpoint open only the first full weekends from June to September, and one weekend in the middle of February. Click to check out the Charles Mound episode!
7. Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island (Elevation – 812 ft./ Prominence – 192 ft.)
You won’t notice the elevation gain because almost all it is done in a vehicle on a highway. Once you park, the highpoint is just a short, low-key walk through the woods in what used to be one of the most restricted highpoints in the country.
6. Ebright Azimuth, Delaware (Elevation – 448 ft./ Prominence – 32 ft.)
It’s not the height you need to worry about here as much as the cars. The highpoint sits right next to a well-trafficked road. Take care when visiting and look both ways when you cross the street. Click to check out the Ebright Azimuth episode!
5. Hawkeye Point, Iowa (Elevation – 1670 ft./ Prominence – 40 ft.)
Surrounded by corn and soybeans, this place is a slight rise on the northwest Iowa Plains. In fact, if you visit in the late summer and the corn is standing tall, you may not get much of a view at all, though for the height challenged you may wish to avoid the observation deck by the silo
4. Hoosier Hill, Indiana (Elevation – 1257 ft./ Prominence – 297 ft.)
Follow in the footsteps of a highpointing legend. Arthur Harmon Marshall, the first person to ever complete all the state highpoints (48 at the time) finished here, but just to make sure he visited a couple other places in the immediate area as well.
3. Mount Sunflower, Kansas (Elevation – 4039 ft./ Prominence – 19 ft.)
The name is actually in jest, as this is the least prominent highpoint on our list. If you start your drive from the west you will be going down in elevation. The highpoint sits very near the border of Colorado, in fact not too far away from the Kansas highpoint is the lowest point in Colorado. Click to check out the Mt. Sunflower episode!
It’s the lowest state highpoint in the United States. In fact the Panorama Tower in Miami, the tallest building in the state, is over 2.5 times higher. Most of the vertical you’ll gain here is when you pull into the parking lot.
Before we get to our number one, here is a bonus, while it’s not a state highpoint many highpointers like to visit it.
Point Reno, District of Columbia (Elevation – 409 ft./ Prominence – 75 ft.)
The ride up the 161 foot escalator in the Tenlytown metro station maybe the biggest challenge when it comes to “summiting” the Federal District’s highest point. Once you are out the metro station the highpoint is just a short walk away. Click to check out the Point Reno episode!
Finally our number one state highpoint for people who are scared of heights.
1. Panorama Point, Nebraska (Elevation – 5424 ft./ Prominence – 26 ft.)
There is a reason the high plains are named as such, this highpoint is over a mile high and is the 20th highest state highpoint in the country but you would never be able to tell by looking at it. With a prominence of only 26 feet Panorama Point is all about wide-open spaces as the plains stretch out before you. Click to check out the Panorama Point episode!
There you have it, if you just aren’t a fan of heights but still want a highpointing adventure then these ten state highpoints are right up your alley.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below! Also make sure to check out Rooftops of America on YouTube!