Ascent of Campbell Hill on 2010-06-13

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Sunday, June 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Campbell Hill
    Elevation:1549 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ahhh...back to state high pointing. After a much to long hiatus, I climbed the state of Ohio on an overcast Sunday morning.
This trip to Ohio coincided with the annual Poultry Days Festival and ultimate tournament in Versailles (Ver-sails, not Ver-sigh - this IS Ohio). I have attended Poultry Days a few times but never ventured the hour away to Campbell Hill outside Bellefontaine (Bell Fount-in not Bell Fon-tain).

I arrived in Versailles at about 2:00 AM Friday morning and after the festivities usually associated with the first night of P Days, I was in no condition to get to Campbell Hill that morning.
Saturday was a good day of ultimate, snapped a few photos and saw friends I had not seen since moving to Memphis about 2 years ago. The weather turned foul (get it, foul?) in the evening however, so much of Saturday night was spent in the tent trying to stay dry. This did how ever allow me to be prepared to wake up at about 6:00 AM Sunday morning to start my trek to the highest point in Ohio. I awoke and exited my tent to find that the rain had not dampened everyone's evening as the tell tale signs of an ultimate Frisbee party were evident.
I took Ohio-47 east of of town and stayed on it back over I-75 into the town of Sidney where it turns slightly north-west and continues into Bellefontaine.
The township celebrates its high point status as evident by the welcome sign. Bellefontaine is also home to the first concrete street in America and some of the street is still in place near the courthouse.
Turn on to Ohio-540 and continue east and after crossing US-33 on the east side of town the Hi-point(sic) Vocational school will be on the right with the high point located within its grounds.

Unfortunately, the school is gated and locked on access requires creativity. I had called the school all week previous to my arrival in Ohio but to no answer. Upon arrival, I was confronted with the large gate that i had expected and a small pedestrian gate that were both chained and locked. I managed to make it through the pedestrian gate however (why would they use such a long chain if they didn't want people to wiggle through?) and started my accent of Campbell Hill. Starting from the front gate it is about a quarter mile and 20-25 feet of elevation gain to the top.
The high point it self is well marked near the water tower at the top of the campus and contains a guest registry and one can get a small certificate of accomplishment as well. the hill does not offer much of a view but there is a sign with the history of the location and 2 benches.

I snapped my pictures, signed the registry and headed back to town. I stopped and saw the oldest concrete street in America and finally headed back to Versailles. Unfortunately, by the time I got back, all my friends had already lost their games and were done for the day. We packed up the tents, grabbed some more chicken dinners and headed to the Indiana high point on our trip back home.
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Ohio state high point rising above the Hi Point Vocational School (2010-06-13). Photo by Tom Owen.
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