Iowa High Point - Hawkeye Point (Elevation 1,670 Feet)
Photos of Our Visit to Hawkeye Point in Northwest Iowa near Sibley - September 29, 2008
Aaron Shupe and I had a good time at the Iowa High Point. I was passing through en route to
Minnesota and Aaron
(who hiked Mt. Kreutzer with me)
was in the area. Feeling adventurous,
we decided to visit Hawkeye Point, the highest natural point in Iowa.
Directions: This one is easy. From Sibley, Iowa, travel north on Highway 60
and the high point is a turn right (east). There is usually a large sign on
each side of the highway, but the signs were non-existent during our visit. We later learned this
was done by the Iowa State Highway Department due to construction.
If the sign does not exist, simply turn east at the Osceola Water Tower.
You will likely see the water tower and United States
and Iowa flags on a tall flag pole.
Now it's true that I once broke down sobbing when I thought about Iowans who might live their entire
lives in Iowa, for it seems like such a flat and scenery-deficient state. However, my visit to Iowa's high point
changed my outlook. You folks in Iowa ought to
be very proud of Hawkeye Point! If you are ever in northwest Iowa,
you ought to visit this special place.
|There it is!
Hawkeye Point, the highest point in Iowa.
The cornfields surrounding the high point were unique ... and sooooooo Iowa.
When I stood on my tippy toes and looked out,
I captured a glimpse of the grand views.
|Special thanks to Aaron for coming along with me.
This was my ninth state high point. Some other high points I've visited:
New Jersey High Point
Louisiana High Point
Nebraska High Point
Connecticut High Point
North Dakota High Point
Maryland High Point
Oklahoma High Point
Delaware High Point
||The United States and Iowa flags were hoisted on this windy afternoon.
|More views of the high point area and its farm structures. This small piece of land was once privately
owned by the
Sterler Farm, a farming family in northwest Iowa.
Locals plan to build the high point area into an
In the future, an artistic structure will be erected at the exact high point.
A lookout tower is also in the long-term plans.
|Miscellaneous Iowa Photos
We traveled north on Highway 60 past Sibley (top left) and could not find the Iowa High Point sign
that is in so many other trip reports on the Internet. We were perplexed!
We reached a construction road block on Highway 60 (bottom photo) and eventually we asked this
friendly gentleman (top right) who sent us in the right direction.
|Once again, if the signs are non-existent on Highway 60, turn off at the Osceola County water tower.
|I walked inside a nearby cornfield. Aaron
informed me this is corn that is likely
grown to create ethanol. It is not for human consumption or
|I've always loved hanging out in cornfields.
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